ACCREDITATION: CERTIFYING PUBLIC WORKS EXCELLENCE

After more than 10 years of watching other public sector organizations undergo the process, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has developed their own accreditation program. The self-assessment phase can be treated simply as a checklist or as a major element in strategic planning. The second phase in gaining accreditation follows directly from the self-assessment. This improvement phase offers opportunities for the agency to form teams that will be involved in any decision-making. Improvements could include the development of new policies, procedures, and methods of operations, or the revision of old ones. The final phase involves an on-site evaluation by an outside group of APWA professionals, who review written records and policies; and interview staff, managers, elected officials, and community leaders. The evaluation groups also makes field observations. Initial accreditation is for a 3-year period, but annual updates are required to ensure continuing compliance. The organization's accreditation council is in the process of developing guidelines for reaccreditation.

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    • Page Range: Pages 60, 62-64, 66-67
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    Intertec Publishing Corporation

    6151 Powers Ferry Road, NW
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30339-2941
  • Authors:
    • Sterling, B
  • Publication Date: 2000-8

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 6 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00798531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 2000 12:00AM