Public Policy Award Details


  • Nominees need not be an IAWP member if nominated by one.
  • The nominee must be an individual who served in the legislative or administrative branch of the United States or state government, a workforce system administrator/director, or any other individual serving in a national or state policy-making role.
  • Only activities that occurred during the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is presented will be considered for recognition.

Nomination Submission Components

The Innovation in Workforce Systems must include the standard nomination form AND the following submission components:

  1. Summary of Accomplishment: A (one) summary paragraph (500 words or less) that adequately describes why this person or affiliate is deserving of this award.
  2. Narrative: Provide a narrative that describes how this person went above and beyond. Do not simply describe tasks or activities that are part of their duties.
  3. Endorsement Letters: Attach up to two (2) letters of endorsement (optional and not to exceed 4 pages) from someone who can attest to their service. Endorsement letters are not required.
  4. Documentation: Provide documents that support or illustrate the information contained in the narrative.


In selecting the Public Policy Award, the criteria below will be considered by the Selection Team.  Please describe or expand upon each of these in the Summary of Accomplishments and Narrative sections of your submission.

  1. Legislation: Successfully sponsored, enacted or influenced positive legislation at the state and federal levels to improve, enhance or strengthen workforce development systems to benefit workforce system personnel. (5 points)
  2. Policies: Developed and/or implemented national or state-wide policies to improve and strengthen workforce systems to benefit personnel, without unnecessary negative impact. (5 points)
  3. Workforce Development Promotion: Played an instrumental role in the positive promotion of one or more workforce development programs at the state and federal levels; state recognition of workforce programs through publications; promoting of a seamless workforce system; strategic planning to accomplish the goals of the workforce system; etc. (5 points)
  4. Leadership: Demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of existing programs; or initializing new workforce development programs, etc. (5 points)
  5. IAWP Support: Encouraged participation and promoted IAWP activities by partners in the workforce development system. (5 points)


There are 25 points available; 5 points per criteria.


The IAWP President and Executive Director are the selection team for the Public Policy Award.