Innovative Practices Award

Innovative Practices Award

The Innovative Practices Award is presented by COA to its accredited and in-process organizations that demonstrate, through the submission of a case study, the application of new and forward-looking practices. 

Call for Submissions: Winner to be honored at COA's 2016 Conference!

Deadline: October 16, 2015

Through its Innovative Practices Award, COA spotlights the inspirational efforts of organizations — their staff, board, volunteers, and partners — who bring lasting change in lives of vulnerable individuals. As an accredited organization or program, we know you are continuously working to improve your services, using innovative practices that uniquely meet the needs of your clients and distinctive methods for improving organizational capacity. 

We want to recognize you at our upcoming 2016 Conference, The Power of Collaboration. Submit an application for the opportunity to stand out among COA's community, profiling the great work that you do and the people that you serve.

Application and Eligibility

Submissions are accepted from organizations currently accredited or undergoing Private, Public, Canadian, Military Family Readiness, and Child and Youth Development accreditation.

Each submission is comprised of an application form, case study, and abstract. Download full details and an application form.

Award Winners

View past award winners listed by season.


Private Organization Accreditation

Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 with complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges.   Girls live at our programs while receiving special education, individual, family and group therapy; psychiatric and primary medical care; and a wide variety of therapeutic activities and interventions.


Anita Paukovits

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Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result!  To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.
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