Criteria for Social Innovation

WHAT are the evaluation criteria?

SozialMarie is a prize for successfully implemented socially innovative projects. The evaluation of submitted projects is based on the SozialMarie Criteria for Social Innovation:

  1. Innovation in the project idea – Novelty: in the matter or at the place
    • Does the project deal with new societal challenges?
    • Does the project use new social solutions?
    • Does the project deal with target groups or topics that have so far received little attention?
    • Is the project owner (the organisation, the company, the public authority, the private individual) newly involved in the field of social innovation?
  2. Innovation in accessing target groups – Involvement: passive, active or independent
    • Is the target group involved in the project, or have those affected developed the project themselves?
    • What are the concrete and sustainable benefits of the project for the target group?
    • Does the project promote the potentials of the target group?
    • Does the project contribute to the social appreciation of the target group?
  3. Innovation in implementation – Impact: quantitative, qualitative
    • Is the implementation of the project idea imaginative, creative, inventive and courageous?
    • How effective is social innovation, what results and impacts can be observed for whom?
    • Does the project react to changing requirements, for example in the target group, the problem, the framework conditions?
    • Is there cooperation between different (professional) groups with diverse competences or scientific expertise?
  4. Innovation in public perception – Example effect: direct or indirect
    • Is the project networked with other organizations, companies, institutions?
    • How is the project integrated into local and regional environments?
    • Are other organisations, companies, sponsors, supporters, media and politicians curious about the project?
    • Can the proven solution be transferred to other contexts?