President’s Award for Innovation

This award shall recognize a member agency (state, associate and/or homelessness) for its development and implementation of innovative policies and programs that have demonstrated success in solving community needs. The winner of this award will make a presentation at the COSCDA Annual Training Conference.

The member agency’s innovative approach, policy, or program may include, but not be limited to: new or expanded services; filling gaps in the availability of existing programs or services; tapping new sources of revenues or partnerships; demonstrating alternative or more cost-effective delivery methods for existing programs; creation of new programs or roles for the state in addressing housing, community or economic development issues; improved delivery of programs between state and local communities; or new methods for involving the intended beneficiaries of the program in the delivery of the program activities.

All COSCDA member agencies are eligible to receive this award.


Must be innovative. Show that the program or policy is new, unique or addresses a unique challenge or situation.

Demonstrated results. Show measurable results in solving identified needs over at least two years.

Transferability. Show the ability to transfer the innovative policy or program to other states to implement.

State Leadership. Demonstrate the leadership role of the state in meeting the needs of its citizens, i.e. put a face on the issue and our solutions.


Any member agency may submit a nomination, including associate and homelessness members. Members may nominate their own programs and policies.


The Awards Review Committee of the Board reviews the nominations and make a recommendations to the President, with the President of COSCDA shall make the final selection personally.

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