WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Money Management International is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides counseling and education related to credit, housing and bankruptcy, and offers debt management assistance if needed. MMI also conducts community education programs in the areas where we have a physical presence.
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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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Purpose

Individuals participating in Mentoring Services develop supportive, positive relationships that contribute to the achievement of personal, social, and educational growth. 

PA-MS 1: Service Philosophy, Modalities, and Interventions

The program is guided by a service philosophy that:

  1. sets forth a logical approach for how the program will meet the needs of mentees; and
  2. guides the development and implementation of the program based on the best available evidence of service effectiveness.

Interpretation: A program model, or similar tool, guides program development and implementation by linking the organization’s service philosophy and mission with the strategies, practices, and tools needed to integrate these into daily work. A practice model can also help staff think systematically about how the program can make a measurable difference by drawing a clear connection between mentees’ needs, available resources, program activities and supports, program outputs, and desired outcomes. 

Rating Indicators
1
Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions; exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
2
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement. 
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented.  
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.  
3
Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  
  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.   
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner. 
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.   
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
4
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.  
Please see Rating Guidance for additional rating examples. 

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Service philosophy
    • Policy prohibiting corporal punishment
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Mentor supervisors/coordinators
      3. Mentees
      4. Mentors

  • PA-MS 1.01

    The program is guided by a philosophy that provides a logical basis for the services and support to be delivered based on program goals and the best available evidence of service effectiveness.


  • FP
    PA-MS 1.02

    Agency policy prohibits corporal punishment.

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