Lessons Learned

The National Background Check Program began in 2010. Since that time, 26 States have received grants and worked to establish statewide background check programs. Because of the rolling grant application acceptance process, the States entered the program at different times and have varied program maturity. This section presents a collection of lessons learned documents that capture the program development process challenges and methods States have employed to improve their programs and meet the grant requirements.

Promising Practices

A promising practice, as defined by CMS, is a combination of business processes, standards, data, and people (performing their work-related roles) that can serve as a model to other organizations with similar business needs. In the context of the NBCP, a promising practice is an approach being implemented by one or more States that can be objectively measured as beneficial. It is an approach that can be applied, with reasonably few adjustments, by other NBCP-participating States and would be likely to help those States attain similar goals and benefits. For more information, visit the Promising Practices section of this website or contact the CNA State Liaisons.