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Vision Awards Criteria, Evaluation, Guidelines and Judging Procedures


Each nomination must address each key questions. The answers should focus on specific evidence that the nominee meets the criteria (question) by which entrants are judged. Each nominee will be evaluated on the quality of work indicated and any supporting materials relative to the criteria. Each answer must be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 250 words.


A maximum of ten points will be available for each question answered with a potential total of 40 points for all four questions. Additionally, extra points may be awarded for exemplary results in the following areas: financial gain, cost savings, media recognition and overall implementation. Substantiation may be requested at a later time.

Additional Considerations

Exemplary results in areas of financial gain, cost savings, media recognition and overall implementation, if applicable, to the accomplishment(s), may be considered for extra points above and beyond the 40 points possible. Please provide a narrative addressing these results.

Additional Information

All data will be held strictly confidential, although some data will be used in announcing the Vision Award Winners. Judging is based on the criteria listed with each category. Judges reserve the right to withhold awards in any category where the quality of the work does not warrant such recognition. Judges also reserve the right to move an entry to a different category if it is determined that the entry is better suited to a different category. Judges will not participate in judging categories in which their companies or employees may be entered. All decisions of the Judges are final. Information that accompanies each nomination may be verified for accuracy.


  • Submit your nomination online at
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • An individual or organization may be nominated for more than one category.
  • A nominee must have performed the activities in Minnesota.
  • All data will be held strictly confidential, although some data may be used in announcing the Vision Award winners.
  • There is no entry fee for nominations to the Vision Awards; however, a separate nomination form must be completed for each entry.
  • Upon receipt, entries become the property of CAI-MN, and CAI-MN reserves all publishing rights to the materials submitted.
  • Vision Award winner narratives may also be used in Minnesota Community Living.
  • Any project within the past 3 years is eligible for nomination, but can only by nominated once.
  • The 2013 Vision Awards recognize the achievements of individuals within the last three (3) years
  • The deadline for submission of nomination packages is 5:00 p.m., March 29, 2013.
  • A high-resolution (JPEG or .eps) photo of nominee must be e-mailed to Kelly Sprague by March 29, 2013 (
  • Incomplete or unsigned nomination forms will not be considered eligible for review.
  • Entries, photos and any documentation will not be returned.


Vision Awards are CAI-MN’s way of paying tribute and offering public recognition for work performed by managers. Whether working with a large or small company, on-site or as a portfolio manager, all entries are reviewed and treated with the utmost respect and fairness. The Judges are leading professionals in the industry and independent of the organization. Judges are given “blind” nominee submissions to review. Judges do not know names of the nominees. Selection of winners is based on the accomplishments as provided on the entry form submitted. Judges record their individual selections on ballots that are tallied to determine the award winner(s).

Please Note

  1. At least two nominations must be received in a category in order for an award to be given.
  2. All nominee finalists must be present at event or send a representative from your company to attend.

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