• New Hires Join Alliance-COA in Critical Social Sector Impact Areas

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation

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  • COA Benchmarking: Meeting the Need for Data

    In 2016, COA began our 2020 strategic planning process. We talked with and surveyed our network on their reasons for seeking COA accreditation and how we could provide even more value to their experience. One recurring theme was the need for data.

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  • The Secret Lives of the Self-Study

    Self-Study . The collection of evidence that COA-accredited organizations put together prior to their Site Visit that shows how they are implementing best practice standards. We at COA know that generating the Self-Study is a both a challenging

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  • Communicating About COVID-19

    Since we began taking huge societal steps to flatten the curve and address our current public health crisis, my inbox has been flooded with emails from what seems like every retailer and  restaurant I have

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  • COVID-19 Resources (Extended Version)

    In light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we wanted to highlight some of the resources that we provide on our website, and to provide additional ones, as well. Stay up-to-date on everything happening with COA during the pandemic here. No

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  • COA Has a Whole New Look

    Did you know? In our more than forty-year history, the Council on Accreditation (COA) has only had three logos—the most recent being the COA shield that launched in 2012 (which was an adaptation of a 2002 version). So, we thought with all the

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  • The How and Why of Strategic and Annual Planning

    To plan or not to plan? On a personal level, planning is an essential aspect of everyday life. What do I need to get done today? This week? This month? In many ways, planning helps us prepare for the challenges and tasks that may lie ahead. Think

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  • 5 Resources to Help You Dig into FFPSA

    Since Congress passed  the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in February 2018, stakeholders across the U.S. have been working to maximize the opportunity posed by this tremendous reform to our child welfare system. To ensure that

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  • Joining Forces: 3 Opportunities for Better Law Enforcement-Human Services Collaboration

    When it comes to serving communities and responding to individuals in crisis, law enforcement agencies and human service systems each play a role in maintaining the safety and stability of their communities. Substance use, child welfare, intimate

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  • Roadmap to Preparing for the Accreditation Process

    Your organization has decided to embark on the journey of pursuing accreditation! This commitment can invoke many sentiments—happiness, anticipation, fear, anxiety, and maybe even a splash of frustration. These are all normal feelings. The

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