All entries will be evaluated using the following evaluation criteria:
Problem or Opportunity Being Addressed (5 points):
- Clear and compelling description of the problem or opportunity.
- Justification for why the innovation project is needed.
Solution (10 points):
- Submission is an innovation*
- Clear and concise explanation of the innovation.
- Demonstrates a unique and creative solution.
Research Done (5 points):
- Evidence of community, background, expert, and/or market research conducted.
- Shows understanding of the problem space and potential challenges.
Expected Impact (10 points):
- Clearly identifies the target users or beneficiaries of the innovation.
- Describes concrete ways the innovation will improve the lives of the target users or beneficiaries.
Feasibility of Implementing the Innovation (10 points):
- Presents a well-thought-out plan for full implementation of the innovation.
- Addresses potential barriers and offers feasible solutions.
Collaboration (5 points):
- Identifies relevant collaborators and community partnerships.
- Explains how these collaborations will support the innovation throughout the process.
Plans For Use of Award (5 points):
- Provides a clear and detailed plan for how the cash award will be used to support the innovation.
- Shows a strategic approach to utilizing the funds for maximum impact.
*Definition of Innovation
Innovation is something different that has impact. It might be improving upon or innovating a product, service, or process, or creating something new that solves a problem or makes the world a better place.
The project should be advanced beyond the idea or concept stage and have demonstrated that it has been put into action. Projects do not have to be full-fledged innovations, commercialized or have the ability to monetize, e.g., social or community innovations may have different valuable impacts.
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