The ISSA Good Practice Awards will be given out on a regional basis over a three-year cycle at each ISSA Regional Social Security Forum. One Award will be given at each Forum as well as certificates of merit as decided by the Jury. The four winning good practices will also be featured at the World Social Security Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010.
The second of four Good Practice Awards will be given at the Regional Social Security Forum for the Americas, 18-20 May 2009, in Veracruz, Mexico.
The ISSA Good Practice Awards will be attributed according the following ISSA Programme and Budget 2008-2010 priority areas:
The following criteria will be used to attribute the Good Practice Awards and the certificates of merit. A good practice should:
Be current: The practice must still be in place.
Have clear objectives: The targets, the expected outcomes, the context surrounding the good practice and the issue to be addressed are easily identifiable.
Demonstrate an innovative approach: A creative/forward-looking solution has been developed to address a specific issue/challenge, with the ultimate goal of reaching excellence. It could be a completely new solution or an existing practice involving qualitative changes (e.g. use of a specific performance management tool, substantial changes in organizational structure, introduction of a new method of risk management, new technology infrastructure).
Be efficient: The resources/inputs applied to implementing the practice have been used in an optimal way (e.g. finance and human resources, time, technical and organizational inputs).
The practice has met the objectives set or is in process to achieve the expected outcomes.
The impact as much as possible is measurable or verifiable. This means that an evaluation has been undertaken or some kind of evidence is provided to demonstrate the impact and effect.
Provide learning experiences: Useful lessons can be drawn from the good practice. (e.g. strengths and weaknesses of the practice, the constraints and difficulties met and the solutions to overcome them).
Have a potential of replication: The practice has a potential to serve as inspiration or model for other social security administrations facing the similar issue/challenge. The practice is transferable with adaptation to the context.
ISSA member organizations can access the electronic entry form and guidelines on the member Extranet: www-issanet.issa.int .