Tips and advice
The adult judges and young judges will be looking for a clear description of facts rather than bland statements or unsupported claims of the value of the work. Wherever appropriate, include a description of:
· the organisation and its aims
· the work done, the target group, who commissioned it, its aims/targets, and the budget
· any research carried out or procedures put in place to guide the work or to determine performance or outcome particular issues or challenges faced and how these were addressed
· how the work met or exceeded its goals/targets, or improved outcomes for children and young people
· how children and young people were involved in shaping the work and in decisions affecting them
· the partners involved, and the structures or procedures used to ensure joint working
· how the work was innovative or broke new ground
· evidence of effectiveness or outcomes. You can back up your entry with supporting material, which should be presented separately. Make sure any such material directly supports your entry.
This can include:
· examples of the work itself
· user or partner testimonials
· statement from the commissioning organisation supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, with relevant sections clearly highlighted
· press cuttings, promotional material, photographs or other material that can give the judges a flavour of how the project worked on the ground, and what it felt like to the children or young people involved
However, please do not overload the judges with material; make what you send in really count.