Award Cycle

Nominations are accepted from both program staff as well as outside individuals on behalf of an organization. Individuals are encouraged to nominate multiple deserving organizations if applicable. 

If a program is determined to be eligible for this year's competition, our staff will be in touch with more information on how to complete the full application. The Innovations Award cycle then consists of three rounds of review:

In the first round of competition, experts—both practitioners and scholars—screen all submitted applications. From this pool, finalist programs will be selected to advance in the competition and will receive press coverage along with any other programs selected for honorable mention by our evaluators.

In the second round, Innovations Award evaluators will visit each of the finalist programs to conduct a two-day onsite assessment. Concurrently, Innovations staff will also conduct additional research on each of the finalist programs. Following the completion of a successful site visit, each of the finalist programs will be officially named an Innovations Award finalist.

During the third and final round of competition, representatives from the selected finalist programs will be asked to present their innovations before the members of the Innovations Award National Selection Committee, who will then select the winner of the Award. 

The winner of the Innovations Award will be announced publicly following the conclusion of the award cycle.