Organizations Invited to Apply for Innovations in Workforce Systems Award

The International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) opened its acclaimed recognition program to both public and private sector organizations, providing products and/or services to improve workforce systems.

The Innovation in Workforce Systems Awards recognizes 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.

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. (i.e. nomination in 2018 is for work or service in 2017), henceforth referred to as 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)

All award applications must be received by March 1, 2018.  Award winners will be announced and presented during IAWP’s 105th Workforce Development Conference, this June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

To submit an award application, please click here.