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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Purpose

An organization-wide Performance and Quality Improvement system advances efficient, effective service delivery, effective management practices, and the achievement of strategic and program goals.

FOC
PQI 1: Culture of Improvement

The organization’s leadership fosters a culture of excellence and continual improvement.

Rating Indicators
1
The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard. 
  • An organization’s leaders, which include its governing body, CEO, and senior managers, demonstrate a commitment to performance and quality improvement;  
    • Leaders allocate sufficient resources to sustain an organization-wide PQI system; 
  • Senior managers can articulate how PQI information is used to improve practice, monitor service operations, and build organizational capacity.
  • Staff understand how PQI functions within the organization and have the opportunity to participate in PQI activities.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement; e.g.,
  • Some organization leaders or senior managers are not committed to PQI, however sufficient resources needed to support and/or sustain the PQI system have been provided; or
  • There are minor resource gaps that Executive management is aware of and has a plan for improvement; or
  • Management staff are primarily involved but efforts are being made to involve other staff; or
  • Staff are involved but opportunities are limited, e.g., only direct service staff.
3
Practice needs significant improvement;  e.g.,  
  • Sufficient resources needed to sustain the organization’s PQI structure and functions have not been identified or allocated; 
  • Only management and/or PQI staff are directly involved.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Long-term or strategic plan (See GOV 7.02 or AFM 4.02)
    • Annual plan (GOV 7.03 or AFM 4.03)
    • See response to Narrative Questions #1 and #2
    • Governing body meeting minutes for review of PQI reports
    • The Review Team will review the most recent budget for resources allocated to PQI
    • Interview:
      1. Governing body chair 
      2. CEO
      3. Staff at all levels
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