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Exemplary Programs Awards
An Exemplary Program is a designation awarded to programs operated within Ohio’s Community Action Network that have been expertly evaluated and determined to be innovative and creative anti-poverty programs and initiatives. Each awardee is recognized due to the successful development and implementation of the program or initiative, and for demonstrating outstanding results and outcomes.

Formerly known as OACAA’s Best Practice Awards, in 2015 the awards program transitioned to Exemplary Programs under the guidance of The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Beginning with the 2019 Exemplary Program Nominations, the Association partnered with Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to direct the program and evaluations.

We recognize one of the factors that make Community Action a unique network, is our agencies’ ability to create programs just as unique as the communities they serve. Because of that, Exemplary Programs do not need to be replicable in other communities.

See our list below of previous Exemplary Program Award winners. Examples of exemplary programs or actions include, but are not limited to:
  • Job creation
  • Specific job training
  • Various work, family and individual supports
  • Support for crisis situations or emergency services
  • Help for recently incarcerated
  • Services for those suffering from addiction, etc.
Previous Awards
Scroll to, and click on the year you are interested in seeing past exemplary awards from. Years are organized in descending order from the current year to 2016.
    Previous Awards
    Awardees prior to 2016 were recognized under the previous Best Practices Awards. Beginning in 2016, awardees are recognized with Exemplary Program Awards.