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  • 10 Resources for your Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Efforts

    We at COA love what we do because we are passionate about promoting practices that will serve the greater

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  • Business Continuity Planning: Taking it from the Backburner to Front and Center

    A big thank you to Whitney Claire Thomey from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center for this guest post! Certain aspects of the risk management discipline are more compelling than others. It’s easy to see how Enterprise Risk Management

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  • Our Favorite Nonprofit and Social Work Podcasts

    Podcasts are a great way to learn and celebrate the work of our colleagues in the nonprofit and child welfare world. The list below includes some of our favorites for insightful and inspiring dialogue. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

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  • Leading Change

    Recent events are inviting and requiring organizations to engage in change at a pace previously regarded as impossible. Leaders and teams are faced with creating an array of strategies that are creative, represent innovation, and will result in

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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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  • COA 2020 Edition | FAQs About the Logic Model Standards

    This is Part II of a series on the thinking behind the Council on Accreditation (COA)’s 2020 Edition updates. Visit Part I here.    As we mentioned in Part I of this series, the goal of the COA 2020 Edition Standards is to promote

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  • COA 2020 Edition | Digging Into Our New Standards

    This is Part I of a series on the Council on Accreditation (COA)’s 2020 Edition updates. Visit Part II here. On January 15, 2020, we released an enhanced and refined set of private, public, and Canadian standards on our website. All of the

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  • Top 5 Tips and Tricks for Primary Contacts

    So, you’ve been designated by your organization as the Primary Contact—the point person for communicating with the Council on Accreditation (COA) and spearheading the accreditation process. Maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed; you might

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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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