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

Stillwater-based FamilyMeans provides services in budget and credit counseling, mental health, collaborative divorce, caregiver support, youth programming, and an employee assistance program. 
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Bonnie Bagley

Volunteer Roles: Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

I have found that being a COA Volunteer builds my professional skills and experience in ways that more traditional workshops do not. The opportunity to learn about best practices through the COA standards and then see how agencies implement them is truly a growth experience.
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