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CAA Best Practices, Award Programs and Success Stories

Last Revised: July 28, 2014 - Initial Posting: Apr 03, 2006
Purpose

CAA Best Practice and Award Programs and CAA Success Stories help gain recognition of the positive results of Community Action, assist CAA’s in identifying initiatives that could be replicated, and serve as motivation for additional support and involvement with CAA efforts.

Description

Please LET US KNOW if you are aware of other CAA BEST PRACTICES AND AWARD PROGRAMS that might be added.

See below for CAA Best Practice AwardsOther CAA Award Programs - CAA Success Stories.

Best Practice Awards

Minnesota Community Action Association – CAA Best Practice Awards are presented at an Annual Best Practices Awards Dinner involving State legislators and others held at the start of the State Legislative Session.  The event was created through a partnership involving the University of Minnesota, Office of Economic Opportunity and MCAA. Judges from the U of M ultimately determine the honorees based on applications submitted by MinnCAP member agencies - 2010 MinnCAP Best Practices Winners ... 2003-2005 MinnCAP Best Practice Winners.

OACAA Award Nomination FormOhio Association of Community Action Agencies – The OACAA Best Practice Awards honors innovative and effective Community Action Agency programs that measurably meet the needs of their clients, their families and their communities by helping low-income people become more self-sufficient.  Using the ROMA outcomes-based evaluation system, the Best Practices Awards serve as a showcase for innovative Community Action Agency efforts that make a measurable and life-changing difference:

The OACAA Awards program is a partnership between the John Glenn School of Public Affairs of the Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. The OACAA Award Nomination Form provides a Definition of Best Practice to include:

  • Measurably improves the efficiency or effectiveness of customer service or support systems;
  • Is replicable with modification in other community action agencies; and,
  • Is an innovative or creative solution to the problem addressed by the solution.

Other CAA Award Programs

Arizona Community Action AssociationCommunity Action Leadership Awards – Champions Against Poverty Award, Legislative Leadership Award, Media Leadership Award, Heart in Hand Award

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies – Awards are presented the IACAA Annual Meeting

Community Action Kentucky

Michigan Community Action Agency AssociationWinter 2008 Newsletter – Legislator of the Year Awards

Missouri Association for Community Action - September – October 2005 Newsletter (pp. 6-7)

  • Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Service to Community Action Award

New York State Community Action Association – Annual Awards in five categories: Community Action Vision and Values Award, Leadership Award, Rosemary Fleming Service Award, Personal Achievement Award, and Technology Leadership Award - NYSCAA Awards Nomination Form - 2008 Award Winners.

North Carolina Community Action AssociationVirtual Hall of Fame with four categories: Champion, Board of Directors, Executive Directors, Staff – 2007 Inductees – 2005 Inductees.

West Virginia Community Action Partnership – July 2008 Newsletter (pp. 1 and 3) – Awards Breakfast at the annual WVCAP Education Conference

  • Ervin Queen Award – Presented to an individual who, through long-term leadership and service, embodied the spirit of hope, improved their community and made West Virginia a better place to live.
  • Legislator of the Year Award – Presented to an elected official who supports Community Action
  • Excellence in Community Action Awards – Each CAA has the opportunity to recognize an individual from their agency

Arizona - Community Action Leadership Awards      Illinois - Friend of Community Action Award      Illinois - Outstanding Service Award      Illinois - Legislator of the Year Award      Illinois - Martin Luther King, Jr. Award      Illinois - Family of Distinction AwardKentucky - Excellence in Community Action Award      Kentucky - Volunteer Award      NYSCAA Awards Nomination Form      North Carolina - Virtual Hall of Fame      Pennsylvania - Self-Sufficiency Awards

CAA Success Stories

Michigan Community Action Association/Michigan Head Start Association – Success Stories – 34-page publication highlighting personal achievements made possible by CAA and Head Start programs and intervention – Winter 2006 Newsletter (p. 6)

New York State Community Action AssociationAugust 2005 Newsletter (p. 4) Washington - Return on Investment: The Stories of Community Action Agencies in Washington

Washington State Community Action Partnership – Return on Investment: The Stories of Community Action Agencies in Washington (2.2 MB)

Outcomes

CAA Best Practice and Award Programs and CAA Success Stories help gain recognition of the positive results of Community Action, assist CAA’s in identifying initiatives that could be replicated, and serve as motivation for additional support and involvement with CAA efforts.

Contact

Kenneth Ackerman, Virtual CAP Project Manager
434.295.8802