Power of A Awards are given in the following categories. Each of the five categories have a subcategory that shows what kinds of programs are eligible for an award in that category.
The Power to Enrich Lives (open to all associations)
Improving the Community and Society: programs that draw on the talents of volunteers or staff to solve an immediate problem in the local community or society at large.
Educating and Informing the Public: information campaigns targeting the public or a segment of the public on an association’s members, products, value to society or career opportunities.
Promoting Social Responsibility: programs that use the association’s resources to improve the environment or address a social justice cause.
The Power to Create a Competitive Workforce (open to all associations)
Training an Efficient and Productive Workforce: programs that help individuals gain and apply new technical skills, as well as learn best practice tips for their profession. Also can focus on training the next generation of leaders in the profession.
Setting the Standard for Best Practices: programs that create a “code of conduct” for professionals or an industry designed to ensure the safety and optimal performance of the profession’s services.
Creating Jobs through New Technology: programs that use a new technology (or finds a new use for an existing technology) to advance the profession and improve society.
The Power to Prepare for the Future (open to all associations)
Forecasting, Benchmarking & Other Research: conducting or facilitating research that helps members prepare for the future or focus on emerging trends and critical factors facing the industry or profession.
Research Application: Applying existing or new research to manage challenges and foster innovative solutions to issues that emerge at the local, regional, national or global level.
Pioneering Problem Solving Strategies: developing new strategies for problem solving, including sustaining services in times of declining resources, cutting through red tape in times of emergency and community need, and linking practitioners to share information and build new collaborative solutions.
The Power to Innovate (open to all associations)
Product and/or Service Innovation: Developing new products or services that benefit communities, enrich society and/or facilitate commerce.
The Power to Make a Better World (open to developed and developing nations)
Developing Nation: Associations headquartered in countries with a purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of less than $10,000 per annum as determined by the World Bank Statistics. The countries included in this category are those that are beginning to develop an associations culture.
US/Developed Nations: Associations headquartered in the US or in countries outside the US with a purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of greater than $10,000 per annum or more as determined by the World Bank Statistics. Membership associations in this category will have activities outside their national borders.