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

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

Mike Angstadt

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

Serving as a Team Leader for COA has been an enriching experience in many ways. Utilizing the Contextual Accreditation process to discern the means in which agencies, offering a variety of services, located throughout the US, Canada ,the Philippines and other countries provide best and most promising practices to their consumers has been particularly rewarding. read more>>

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