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. 

These practices must:

  • raise the quality of services provided to vulnerable children and families
  • be consistent with theory, practice wisdom, and expert consensus as reflected in the broader literature 

The Innovative Practices Award provides the opportunity for organizations to share and be rewarded for uniquely meeting the needs of a service population and/or implementing distinctive methods for improving organizational capacity.

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.

We are currently not accepting submission. The next round of submissions will be announced in summer 2015 - stay tuned! 

Award Winners

View past award winners listed by season.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Sweetser, a Maine non-profit agency operating since 1828, provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services. Statewide, it serves around 15,000 consumers a year, including children, adults, and families in outpatient, office-based, and residential settings.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Anita Paukovits

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer

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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