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NLPES Awards

NLPES AWARDS PROGRAMS

 

Types of Awards

NLPES offers awards in four categories for which an office submit a nomination or application:

  • Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of legislative program evaluation while maintaining high ethical and professional standards. One, multiple or no awards may be granted each year.  The 2013 award recipient was Marion Higa, retired state auditor from the Hawaii Office of the Auditor.
  • Excellence in Evaluation Award: This award is presented to an office that is determined to have made significant contributions to the field of legislative program evaluation during a four-year period. The Excellence in Evaluation Award is awarded to only one office in a given year. NLPES awarded the 2013 Excellence in Evaluation award to the Colorado Office of the State Auditor.
  • Excellence in Research Methods Award: This award is presented to the office or offices producing a report developed through the use of exemplary research methods. The Excellence in Research Methods Award may be awarded to a maximum of three offices in a given year. NLPES awarded 2013 Excellence in Research Methods Awards to two offices: Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor and the Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee.
  • Certificates of Impact: Certificates of Impact are presented to offices that released reports documenting public policy impact within their respective states. There is no limit on the number of offices that may receive an impact certificate. However, offices are limited to one submission per year. A total of 24 offices were presented 2013 NLPES Certificates of Impact.

 

Applying for An Award

A special five-person committee oversees the nomination process for the Outstanding Achievement Award.  The committee consists of the NLPES Chair, the NLPES Vice-Chair and three other persons with a significant history of both active participation in NLPES and experience in legislative program evaluation or performance auditing.

The NLPES Awards Subcommittee oversees the awards process for the Excellence in Evaluation Award, Excellence in Research Methods Award and Certificate of Impacts . The members of the 2013-2014 Awards Subcommittee are Marcia Lindsay (Chair), Wayne Kidd and Nathalie Molliet-Ribet.  The Award Subcommittee has finalized the award criteria, submission processes or award judges for 2014. 

The second Friday in May has been established as the standard deadline for submission of all award application packages. The deadline for submission of all 2014 award applications is May 9, 2014.

To see the submission information and award criteria for a particular award, click on its link below.

Please contact the NLPES Chair Lisa Kieffer if you have questions about the Outstanding Achievement award. 

Lisa Kieffer
(404) 651-8867
kiefferl@audits.ga.gov

Contact NLPES Awards Subcommittee Chair Marcia Lindsay if you have any questions about the other awards.

Marcia Lindsay
(803) 253-7612
mlindsay@lac.sc.gov

 

Past Winners

Year

Excellence in Evaluation Award Winner(s)

Excellence in Research Methods Award Winner(s)

Recognition of Impact Award Winner(s)

Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

2013

Colorado Office of the State Auditor

 

Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor;
Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

 Twenty-four states

 

Marion Higa, State Auditor, Hawaii Office of the Auditor (Retired)

2012

Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations;
Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General;
Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 Twenty-four states

Phil Leone, Director, Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (Retired)

2011

Georgia Performance Audit Division

Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability; Georgia Performance Audit Division

 Twenty-five states

Janice Mueller, State Auditor, Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau (Retired)

2010

Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General;
Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

 Twenty-three States

George L. Shroeder, Director, South Carolina Legislative Audit Council (Retired)

2009

Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General

Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability;
Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Revue Committee

 Twenty-two States

 

 2008

South Carolina Legislative Council

Georgia Department of Audits - Performance Audit Division, Montana Legislative Audit Division, Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Twenty-five States 

 

Jim Pellegrini, Deputy Director, Legislative Audit Division, Montana (Retired)

 2007

Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA)

Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA)

 Eighteen States

R. Kirk Jonas, Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (Retired)

 2006

Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations

 Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Seventeen States

Don Bezruki

 2005

Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor

Arizona Office of the Auditor General

Nineteen States

Wayne Welsh

2004

Arizona Office of the Auditor General

Minnesota Office of
the Legislative Auditor

Twenty-Two States

John Turcotte

2003

Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit and Texas Sunset Advisory
Commission

Minnesota Office of
the Legislative Auditor

Twenty-Three States 

Roger Brooks, Minnesota Office of
the Legislative Auditor

2002

Wisconsin

Kentucky

Nineteen States

Cheryl Ridings,
Deputy Director,  South Carolina Legislative Audit Council (Retired) 

2001

Utah

Virginia

Sixteen States

Mary Noble, 
State Auditor,  California Bureau of State Audits (Retired) 

2000

Arizona

Florida

Fifteen states

Ray D. Pethtel

1999

Washington

None

Eleven states

Judith Frye,
Former Assistant State Auditor for Program Evaluations,  Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau

1998

California / Virginia

Arizona

Twelve states

N/A

1997

Florida

Wisconsin

N/A

N/A

1996

Montana

None

N/A

N/A

1995

Minnesota

Virginia

N/A

N/A

1994

Kansas / Mississippi

None

N/A

N/A

1993

Colorado

Arizona (Texas - Honorable Mention)

N/A

N/A

1992

Hawaii

Washington

N/A

N/A

1991

Texas

Kentucky / South Carolina

N/A

N/A

1990

South Carolina

N/A

N/A

N/A

1989

Florida

N/A

N/A

N/A

1988

Colorado / Montana

N/A

N/A

N/A

1987

Kansas / Utah

N/A

N/A

N/A

1986

Minnesota / Tennessee

N/A

N/A

N/A

1985

Arizona / California / Wisconsin

N/A

N/A

N/A

1984

None

N/A

N/A

N/A

1983

Massachusetts

N/A

N/A

N/A

1982

Mississippi / New York

N/A

N/A

N/A

1981

Eagleton Institute/Virginia

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

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