In connection with Article 3(1)(c) of the Memoranda of Agreement with COA and Colorado, the Accrediting Entities must, in coordination with the Department of State, “develop explanatory guidance to assist applicants for accreditation (temporary accreditation) and approval in achieving substantial compliance with the applicable standards.”

Explanatory Guidance and Clarifications

Certain standards may require “clarifications” to:

a) clarify the meaning of a term used within a standard;
b) provide guidance through rating indicator examples regarding levels of compliance with a standard; and
c) identify standards for which a showing of capacity would justify a rating of substantial compliance or better and guidance regarding evidence of capacity.

Explanatory guidance is provided by the Department of State in a compendium of Technical Guidance available on the Department of State website.

Tip Sheets

COA provides Tip Sheets that offer guidance for the accreditation, approval, and renewal process. Tip Sheets offer guidance on how to develop policies and procedures and how capacity is evaluated.

Tip Sheet: How to Develop a Policy
Provides guidance on how to develop an effective policy.

Tip Sheet: How to Develop a Procedure
Provides guidance on how to develop an effective procedure.

Tip Sheet: Demonstrating Capacity
This tip sheet provides a list of standards for which a showing of capacity may justify a rating of substantial compliance or better at the initial evaluation stage. Guidance is provided regarding evidence of capacity through examples of questions for evaluators to ask when assessing capacity.


Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.


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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