New Award to Recognize Innovation in Children and Family Services

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: July 01, 2005

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation establishing a special award to recognize innovative government initiatives in the area of children and family services. The winner of the new Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform will receive a grant of $100,000 to direct toward dissemination activities.

The award is based on the existing Innovations in American Government Awards Program, the nation's premier awards program for good government. For nineteen years, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has sponsored the Innovations Program, which has recognized more than 300 government initiatives and given nearly $20 million in grants. The awards are now administered by the Kennedy School's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government.

The Annie E. Casey Innovations Award focuses on public policy innovation in the area of child and family services with a priority and emphasis on systemic and structural reform. Programmatic and practice innovations are also encouraged. Initiatives from all levels of government are eligible for the award.

”Effective and creative governmental initiatives can make a difference in improving the futures for children and improving human-service reforms,” said Douglas W. Nelson, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “This new award is a great fit with the Casey Foundation’s mission of working to narrow the gap in opportunities and outcomes between America’s more advantaged kids and its less advantaged.”

“We are committed to identifying and recognizing innovative programs that serve children and families, and in particular those that make an effort to promote systemic change, said Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. “We are especially pleased to partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in this effort.”

Applications for the Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform are available on-line now at and are due September 15, 2005.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs. For more information, please visit

The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation fosters excellence in government around the world in order to generate and strengthen democracy. Through its awards program, research, publications, curriculum support, and global network, the Institute champions critical milestones in creative and effective governance and democratic practice.


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