Judging Criteria

The Get Involved competition will be judged by a panel chaired by broadcaster and environmentalist Duncan Stewart.

Preliminary judging will be based on published materials in the press and on websites. Therefore, it is critical to each project’s success that every initiative is reported thoroughly and that strong visual content is included.

The judging criteria and marking system are:

  •  20%: Social Benefit
  •  20%: Economic Benefit
  •  20%: Environmental Benefits
  •  10%: Scalability & Replicability
  •  10%: Creativity/Innovation
  •  10%: Quality of Project
  •  10%: Presentation

Further Information on Judging Criteria

Social Benefit (20%)

The judges will be looking for evidence of collaboration, community engagement and building “neighbourliness” in the project. Include information on the numbers and skills of the participants in the project and the time they allocated to the project.

Economical Benefits (20%)

The judges will want to assess whether your project:

(A) Has the potential to be a cooperative or community enterprise that can lead to the provision of local livelihoods

and/or

(B)   Will save money and keep money in local economy

For nature/biodiversity projects, the judges will look for evidence of economic ‘provisioning’ benefits. This refers to cultural and economic supporting benefits such as recreational benefits and increased likelihood of visitors coming to the area as a result of the project.

Environmental Benefits (20%)

This criteria refers to the mitigation and adoption to climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy, water quality/conservation, resource efficiency and overall biodiversity enhancement of project.

Scalability & Replicability (10%)

Under this criteria, the judges will assess how likely this type of project is to be ‘replicated’ elsewhere by other communities across Ireland? Also, how likely is this type of project to be ‘mainstreamed’ throughout your local  community/town/city?

Creativity/ Innovation (10%)

To gain top marks here, your project should demonstrate a holistic application of sustainability principles. The judges will seek out practice that is genuinely pushing the boundaries and driving real change in the way that the community approaches sustainability. Your project should demonstrate ingenuity throughout the project progress.

Quality of Project (10%)

Your project should show evidence of the work/efforts of the group on the ground and show how the project’s development has progressed over the five months leading up to the submission of the project.

Presentation (10%)

Marks will be allocated for the final submission made by the project and judges will look for smart, informative and well-presented submissions. You should record the progress of your project through ‘still’ photographs, (use a high resolution setting to ensure that images will be suitable for inclusion in local newspapers – if in doubt, check with the editor of your project newspapers to ensure that your camera is set to take images of adequate size and resolution).

Where possible, show ‘measured’ evidence for each of the criteria to be market. The judges will also be basing their assessments on information submitted to the Get Involved website so projects are advised to provide regular and informative updates to www.get-involved.ie

What should we submit?

We recommend that each project designate a lead person. This individual should complete a log of work done, including manpower, hours worked, materials used, costs and support from suppliers.

On completion of the project a written entry must be submitted. This should include;

  • Description of project – before/after, rationale for project (approx. 100 words)
  • Who was involved?
  • Progress report throughout (approx. 100 words)
  • Description of completed project (approx. 100 words)
  • What is the benefit of the project to the community ? (approx. 100 words)
  • Comment on the environmental/heritage and social impact of the project, whichever is applicable (approx. 100 words)
  • Comment on the future sustainability of the initiative (approx. 100 words)

It is advisable that this submission be written by the sponsoring newspaper in collaboration with project leader. A template for written submissions will be available here from March ’17.

For queries email us at info@get-involved.ie