CQIA Innovation Prize

2011 Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership’s

CQIA Innovation Prize Requirements:

Application Requirements: On letterhead stationery with your name and logo, please give your application a title followed by a short phrase explaining the innovation. Applications are limited to one typewritten 8×11 inch page, with no less than 10 point font size having half inch margins on all sides. Each application must include the following three sections:

1) Opportunity/Problem: A description of an organizational problem that was solved or an opportunity that was leveraged by the innovation.

2) Innovative Response/Solution: a) A clear and concise description of a new product, service or process innovation introduced in the last five years, and b) why you consider it innovative in the marketplace or your industry.

3) Results: Using numbers show how this innovation benefited your organization. Examples are expenses saved, increased sales/members/enrollment, improved customer satisfaction ratings. Although greatest emphasis is placed on the innovation, no application will be considered without historical numerical results.

All winning applications will be published in the 2011 CQIA Innovation Prize Winning Applications benchmarking book.

Again using stationery with your organization’s name and logo, prepare your cover page listing your name, title, company address, telephone number and e-mail address as well as signatures of the following three people: 1) the organization’s highest ranking officer, 2) the contact person who wrote the application, and 3) the person who will speak at the 2011 CQIA conference for this particular application if it reaches the gold or platinum level. Also include the number of organization employees in Connecticut, and a statement that all applications may be copied and distributed for use by The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc. Please use one cover sheet for each application.

Fee: $150 each included with the application. Please make check payable to Connecticut Quality Improvement Award – 501(c)(3) Federal tax ID: 061231938 – and mailed to CQIA, PO Box 1396, Stamford, CT 06904-1396.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday, May 25, 2011. For clarification, draft submissions must be e-mailed to cqia@aol.com no later than Thursday, May 12, 2011. Winners will be notified by July 7, 2011. If after five business days since mailing a CQIA Innovation Prize application, you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement, immediately contact Sheila Carmine at 203 322-9534.

Judges: A minimum of 15 CQIA 2011 Examiners trained in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence. To receive information about becoming a CQIA Examiner, please contact Sheila Carmine, Founder and Executive Director, 203 322-9534.

Prizes: Winners will be recognized on three levels based on careful and thorough understanding and completion of the three application requirements listed above. The three levels are Silver, Gold and the highest, Platinum. Selection of award winners at Platinum, Gold, or Silver levels involves a comparison with other applications.

It is, by necessity, a subjective task based on the experience and judgment of the examiners although historically it has been shown that the highest level awards involve applications with at least some of the following characteristics: a) a new or significant improvement for the creating or adopting organization; b) a novel product, service or process, and c) potential for long-term impact or fostering ongoing innovation.

24th Anniversary Conference: All winning applications will be published in 2011 Connecticut best practices book, Connecticut’s sixteenth benchmarking book that will be distributed along with recognition plaques and photographs at The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership’s 24th Annual Conference of Quality and Innovation. Senior leadership from Platinum and Gold winning organizations may be requested to speak at the 2011 Conference and will be invited to serve with CQIA’s 2011/2012 Advisory Group.

The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit Connecticut organization, receives no money from either state or federal government. All funding comes from application fees, conference registrations and generous sponsors.