Types of Awards
NLPES offers awards in four categories for which an office may submit a nomination or application:
- Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is presented to an individual who has (or individuals who have) made outstanding contributions to the fields of legislative program evaluation or performance auditing while maintaining high ethical and professional standards. One, multiple or no awards may be granted each year. The 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Ken Levine.
- Excellence in Evaluation Award. This award is presented to an office that is determined to have made significant contributions to the fields of legislative program evaluation or performance auditing during a four-year period. Only one winner is selected each year. NLPES awarded the 2019 Excellence in Evaluation award to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
- Excellence in Research Methods Award. This award is presented to the office or offices that used exemplary research methods in an evaluation or audit report released during a calendar year. The Excellence in Research Methods Award may be awarded to a maximum of three offices in a given year. NLPES awarded the 2019 Excellence in Research Methods Award to three offices—the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.
- Certificates of Impact. An NLPES Certificate of Impact is presented to an offices producing an evaluation or audit report that resulted in documented public policy changes, program improvements, dollar savings or other public impacts on account of released reports during a three-year period. There is no limit on the number of offices that can Certificates of Impact. Each office may submit only one evaluation or audit report for consideration per award year. A total of 28 offices were presented 2019 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 individuals selected by the NLPES Chair who have 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 Certificates of Impact.
In 2019, the deadline for submission of all award applications was May 3, 2019.
To see the submission information and award criteria for a particular award, click on its link below.
Please note that applicants are responsible for submitting all documentation and materials to be considered by the submission deadline. Judges will not follow-up to obtain additional materials nor will additional materials be considered after the submission deadline. Please refer to the specific criteria for each award and ensure that your submission package meets all criteria for that award.
If you have questions about the Outstanding Achievement award or about any of the other awards, please contact the NLPES chair: