Winners of the 2017 Innovative Practices Award Winners Announced!

And the Award Goes to..

The Innovative Practices Award identifies, documents, and celebrates examples of successful approaches to management and service delivery practices adopted by our accredited organizations. Too often great ideas are kept in-house, without recognizing their potential to create change beyond. The purpose of the Innovative Practices Award is to amplify the effect of one great idea by elevating it to the national stage and offering it as a resource for direct service providers, leadership, researchers, and advocates across the full spectrum of human services.  

This year's evaluation process began with a preliminary round of submissions in which applicants provided a one-page synopsis of their innovative practice. Thereafter, a committee made up of COA volunteers and staff selected 13 finalists from over 70 submissions to move forward with a full case study. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Innovative Practices Award recipients:

  • Caroline County Department of Social Services
    Re-Engaging Individuals through Successful Employment
  • GreenPath, Inc.
    Building Successful Nonprofit/FinTech Partnerships
  • The Children’s Village
    Family Finding Program

View summaries and full case studies of the innovative practices.

Winners will also showcase their innovative practices via a COA webinar and an article on COA’s blog – stay tuned!  

Thanks to all who submitted and to our valued volunteers for serving on the committee!

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

As one of the largest family services agencies in the country, Child & Family Services has dedicated its resources to meet the needs of the community since 1873.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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