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Welcome to the Focus Accreditation

"Community Living Chatham-Kent is very pleased to have been granted a four-year accreditation. We are thrilled to be the first organization accredited using the newly revised 2020 FOCUS Standards. The Lead Validator and Peer Validators from FOCUS Accreditation were professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. The hybrid system of two validators onsite and two validators working virtually went well. Continuous learning is essential for an organization and the 2020 standards allowed for that to occur. The FOCUS Accreditation Award demonstrates an agency’s genuine commitment to excellence."

Ron Coristine, Executive Director Community Living Chatham-Kent

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WHY FOCUS?

For over ten years FOCUS Accreditation has been helping human service organizations in Ontario improve their quality of services. Quality improvement and ongoing learning are at the heart of our accreditation process, and with over 98% annual client retention, our approach has helped numerous organizations deliver exceptional results to their communities.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help your organization improve the quality of its services and become a leader in your sector.

SECTORS OF EXPERTISE

You provide valuable support services to the people in your community.
FOCUS Accreditation is here to support you.

OUR ACCREDITATION PROCESS

The FOCUS Quality Improvement and Accreditation program was created to blend international best practices and Canadian culture to help organizations deliver world-class services to our local communities. We believe in collaboration and inclusion, so we developed our accreditation process with input from the people who use community-based human services, community stakeholders, sector experts and people like you, who work to support the people in our communities.

 

INITIAL DISCOVERY AND REVIEW

  • Initial FOCUS Information Session
  • Introductory Webinar
  • Orientation Session
  • FOCUS Current Standards
  • Evidence Guide
  • Assessment Tool
 

EVALUATION AND LEARNING

  • Access to FOCUS Quality Improvement Tools
  • Readiness Assessment
  • Regular Community of Practice Webinars
  • 1-800 Telephone and Quick Response Email Support
  • Access to a Listserv for Networking Support

RESULTS

  • Final Validation (Onsite and/or Virtual)
  • FOCUS PR Media Kit
  • Peer Validator Cohort
  • Widespread Recognition of Success
 

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Interested in learning more about how we can help your organization? Give us a call at 1.866.805.2600, email us at admin@focusaccreditation.org, or fill out the contact form on our contact page.

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POST-ACCREDITATION SUPPORT

For the 98% of our clients that return each year, accreditation is just the beginning of their organization’s growth. FOCUS is committed to helping human service organizations like yours grow beyond their first accreditation. Maintaining ongoing learning, transparency and accountability is important for every organization – and we can help yours with these opportunities for continual growth:

  • Standards reflecting current best and successful practices
  • 4-year Accreditation Award
  • Seal of Sustainability for organizations accredited three times and onward
  • Learning Event
  • Community of Practice Webinar
  • Peer Validator Cohort Program
  • Ongoing promotional opportunities
  • Research and co-presentation involvement
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GET INVOLVED

Interested in sharing your learning and supporting other organizations? We’d love your help. Potential opportunities for involvement include:

  • Board Member
  • Accreditation Committee Member
  • Survey Respondent
  • Focus Group Participant
  • Special Projects Consultant
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NEWS & LEARNING