The Colorado Collaboration Award has selected Boulder County IMPACT as the 2012 award winner for its sustainable, collaborative approach to serving high-risk youth and their families in Boulder County. As the 2012 Award winner, Boulder County IMPACT will receive a $50,000 prize and the opportunity to educate other collaborative organizations on the success of their efforts at the 2012 Colorado Nonprofit Association Fall Conference (October 15-16, 2012).
Boulder County IMPACT consists of 11 local government and nonprofit partner agencies. Since 1997, the combined efforts of these agencies have resulted in:
- The creation of a sophisticated, fully integrated “client-focused” working model that benefits from the shared resources, talent, creative thinking, and connections of each agency. This type of collaborative model has resulted in decreased competition for funding within this sector.
- The lowest rates of juveniles committed to the Division of Youth Corrections throughout the State of Colorado.
- A shared database accessed by each partner agency, allowing for information about youth served to be accessed by all parties involved. As a result, the collaboration has eliminated duplicate services, and is able to more effectively show program outcomes.
- A replicable model that has been adopted by other collaborations of similar size and scope both in Colorado and across the country.
- Recognition from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Excellence for Community Collaboration.
- Ongoing improvement of partner relationships, program evaluation, delivery and development of cutting edge services supported by research, and fiscal responsibility to ensure long-term sustainability.
Nearly 100 Colorado-based collaborations applied for the 2012 award. Boulder County IMPACT was selected for the $50,000 award from among three award finalists: Boulder County IMPACT, Colorado Conservation Partnership, and Higher Education Access Alliance.