State governments are always looking for innovations -- new ways to do things. CSG is looking for those programs to recognize. The 2007 Innovations Awards will be presented in November during the CSG annual meeting.
Think you have an innovative program worthy of recognition? The deadline for applying for the award has been extended to April 16, so there's still time. You can read about last year's winners in the November/December 2006 issue of State News.
CSG provides insights about major trends to state officials, and highlights state responses to those trends. Plus, your innovative idea could benefit other states.
Here's what the program is looking for:
Programs must address one of five category areas:
- Infrastructure and Economic Development: Business/commerce; international trade; transportation.
- Government Operations: Administrative; elections; public information; revenue
- Public Safety/Corrections: Corrections; courts; criminal justice; drugs; emergency management; state security; public safety.
- Natural Resources: Agriculture; energy; environmental protection; natural resources; parks and recreation; water resources.
- Health and Human Services: Aging; children and families; health services; housing; human services.
The criteria used to judge the areas are:
- Newness: The program should be between 9 months and 5 years old on April 2.
- Creativity: The program should represent a new and creative approach to problems or issues.
- Effectiveness: The program or practice should be effective in achieving its goals and purposes to this point.
- Transferability: The program or practice should be easily transferred to other states.
- Significance: The program or practice should address significant regional issues or problems which are regional in scope.
Does your program meet these criteria? Check out the Innovations Program at CSG.