What is the judging process and criteria?

A panel of judges has been established for each of the 16 categories of awards to ensure the entries can be judged consistently and fairly. Winners will be determined by averaging scores assigned by judges to each entry. In the event of a tie, a select group of judges will review competing entries to determine winners.

The scoring has been set up to be consistent across the award categories and judges will provide numerical scores for each of the following criteria:

Practitioner Awards:

Leadership: The degree to which the practitioner or team led the initiative, demonstrated by behaviors such as setting clear goals, providing guidance, coaching and support, working through obstacles and/or celebrating success.
Challenge: The scope, difficulty and size of the initiative.
Award-specific criteria: See category tab for description of award.

Provider Awards:

Ownership: The degree to which the provider took ownership of the client’s challenge, demonstrated by behaviors such as helping define outcomes, setting clear goals, providing guidance, working through obstacles and communicating challenges and successes.
Challenge: The scope, difficulty and size of the initiative.
Award-specific criteria: See category tab for description of award.

Each of the three award criteria is judged on a scale of 1 to 7:

6-7 (Breakthrough and/or Role Model): For learning practitioners or vendor companies considered “breakthroughs” and/or “role models” for the learning and development industry. The challenge is considered to be extreme (across an entire industry) or global (large numbers of learners, many stakeholders, very difficult to accomplish), and the nominees have demonstrated role-model leadership.

4-5 (Outstanding): For learning practitioners or vendor companies who did an outstanding job, met or exceeded all of the criteria as described and accomplished all goals. The complexity was significant and/or the nominees demonstrated clear leadership.

1-3 (Meets the criteria): For learning practitioners or vendor companies whose initiatives met the criteria but did not or could not provide clear or reliable evidence to identify initiatives as breakthrough or outstanding.

0 (Does not meet the criteria): Did not meet the criteria established or failed to document how the criteria were met.