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The Innovation in Workforce Systems Awards recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations for extraordinary innovation that directly or indirectly impacts systems, customers, or professionals within the workforce system. Contributions can take many forms and may include a significant role in the implementation and effective delivery of a highly innovative idea or system.

This could include, but is not limited to, implementation of a new system or process, developing an innovative program, creating a new way of delivery services, developing new technology or a new way to use technology, creating new partnerships, developing and/or implementing new policy, or going far above and beyond the regular dues of the job.
Any person, group, or organization who works or does work with the workforce system. There is no IAWP membership requirements for this award.

If this is a project or activity that is taking place over multiple years, the majority of the work or demonstrated results must have taken place during the contest year.
In selecting Innovation in Workforce Systems Award the following criteria will be considered by the selection team. Please describe or expand upon each of these in the Innovation Overview and Nomination sections of your submission.

1. Out-of-the-box-thinking: Does this innovation represent out-of-the-box or cutting edge thinking? (20 points)

2. Leadership: Did this accomplishment demonstrate innovative leadership? Did this nominee's leadership set the stage for further innovative work? (10 points)

3. Enthusiasm: Has this innovation led to a new product, process or idea? Can it be integrated widely? Does it have the potential to generate revenue or initiate other ideas or exemplary work? (10 points)

4. Impact: Will the innovation bring fundamental change an/or move the organization or the world of workforce development forward? Does it identify new ways to improve the quality of services or programming? Does it identify new approaches for completing work more efficiently and/or effectively? Is the work practical and sustainable? (5 points)

5. Replicability: Can the innovation be replicated within other areas of workforce development or at other organizations? Would it be valuable to do so? Does the innovation plan for successful implementation? Does it demonstrate long-term success? (5 points)
There are 50 points available. Twenty (20) points for criteria 1. Ten (10) points each for criteria 2 and 3. Five (5) points for each criteria 4 and 5.

The Innovation in Workforce Systems must include the following submission components. The fields will expand to accommodate your content. To view all of your content, please click on the right corner and drag.