SPARS CSAT Announcements and Resources Update – Week of 1/16/2023



Thank you for your continued dedication to meeting your grant program’s purpose, goals, and objectives to address the behavioral health needs of your community and the nation.

This is a reminder that the new CSAT Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Client Outcome Measures for Discretionary Programs tool (GPRA Tool; OMB 0930-0208) launches on January 21, 2023.

This announcement includes important information about timelines for implementation of the new version of the CSAT GPRA tool.

Key dates for transitioning to the new tool are as follows:

  • Interviews using the expiring GPRA Tool must be completed on or prior to January 20, 2023.
    • No interviews using the expiring GPRA Tool should occur after January 20, 2023.
    • For interview dates of 1/20/2023 and prior, grantees will be able enter data into SPARS for the expiring tool after the new tool goes live.
    • Only interviews with dates of 1/20/2023 and prior can be entered into SPARS using the expiring tool.
    • Data collected using the expiring tool must be entered into SPARS by February 15, 2023.
  • Interviews using the new version of the GPRA Tool should start on January 21, 2023.
    • Interviews from January 21, 2023, and forward will only be accepted into SPARS using the new tool.
  • The SPARS system will allow data entry using the new tool as of January 30, 2023.
    • The CSAT area of SPARS will be unavailable to users the weekend of January 28 and 29, 2023, while the system changes for the new tool are implemented.
    • No data entry using the new tool can be made until January 30, 2023.
  • Batch upload for the new CSAT GPRA Tool will now be available as follows:
    • Batch upload for expiring tool must be completed by 12pm ET on February 15, 2023.
    • Updates to the existing XML-based batch upload to support the new version of the CSAT GPRA tool will be available on February 16, 2023.
    • The new batch upload process using comma-separated values (CSV) or spreadsheet templates will be available on February 16, 2023.

Here is a summary of the activities and dates mentioned above.


Paper Tool Data Collection

SPARS Data Entry

SPARS Batch Upload


Continue through 1/20/2023

Continue through 2/15/2023

XML – Continue through 2/15/2023; 12pm ET


Beginning 1/21/2023

Beginning 1/30/2023

XML – Beginning 2/16/2023

CSV – Beginning 2/16/2023


The following training and resources are available now to help grantees with the transition to the new CSAT GPRA tool.

Training and Resources Available Now

New Version of the CSAT GPRA Tool:

New CSAT GPRA Tool Training (October 2022):

Section H Information Sheet:

Section H Training:


Crosswalk from Expiring Tool to New Tool:

GPRA Client Outcome Measures Question-By-Question Instruction Guide (QxQ):

Batch Upload Schema (XML):

Batch Upload Template (CSV):