WHO assesses the applications?
- Out of all submitted projects, SozialMarie’s project evaluators from Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia pre-select the best.
- SozialMarie’s expert jury decides consensually based on the preselection.
WHAT are the evaluation criteria?
Evaluation of submitted projects happens according to SozialMarie’s criteria for social innovation:
- Innovation in Project Idea – Novelty
- Does the project embody a new social approach or offer new solutions?
- Is the project about new ways of looking at a social problem?
- Does the project address target groups that have previously received little attention?
- Innovation in Accessing Target Groups – Involvement
- What is the concrete and enduring use of the project for the target group?
- Does the project further the potential of the target group?
- How is the target group implicated in the project?
- Does the project contribute to society’s esteem for the target group?
- Innovation in the Realisation of the Project – Effectiveness
- Does project realisation happen in an inventive, resourceful, creative and courageous way?
- What effects – and on whom – of this social innovation can be observed?
- Does the project change with changing needs? For example as to the target group, the way of approaching the issue or a changing project environment?
- Is there cooperation between different disciplines / competencies / professional groups?
- Innovation in Public Perception – Serving as an Example
- How is the project integrated into local and regional environments?
- Does the project foster dialogue / cooperation with other institutions / organisations?
- Have other organisations, media, sponsors, politicians been made curious?
- Have new paths been taken in dealing with the “outside world”?
The first three criteria have each twice the weight of the fourth.
HOW is the evaluation done?
- Submitted applications are first of all screened for compliance with conditions of participation.
- The project evaluators from Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia together with the jury coordinator preselect a certain number of projects.
- Subsequently every jury member can add two projects at most to this preselection and can delete one and replace it by another.
- The result of this first phase is a maximum of 42 nominated projects.
- SozialMarie nominations will be published at the beginning of March. Nominations for SozialMarie are used by submitters for publicity.
- During evaluation projects are visited on site when necessary.
- In two sessions SozialMarie’s expert jury selects the 15 award winning projects.
- The winning projects are disclosed every year on May 1st in a public award ceremony in Vienna.