Eligibility and Assessment criteria for the Charity Impact Awards 2018


Eligibility Criteria:

  • This award celebrates the work of community and voluntary and charitable organisations, clubs or groups that have brought about positive change
  • An organisation can enter more than once; however, each entry must be a specific project or campaign, managed by that organisation i.e. each project can only be entered once*
  • In this category, there are three sub-categories:

Small Organisations (no paid staff)

  • This category is open to all independently governed and constituted community, voluntary or charitable organisations with no paid staff.

Medium-sized Organisations (with paid staff and annual turnover of up to €1 million)

  • All entries in this category must be registered with the Charities Regulator

Large Organisations (with paid staff and annual turnover over €1 million)

  • All entries in this category must be registered with the Charities Regulator

The entry must be accompanied by a short video (no longer than two minutes). The video should demonstrate the organisation’s impact, what the organisation does and why it should win this award. The video can be hosted on Youtube or Vimeo

An Organisation can only enter this category or the Social Enterprise of the Year category, not both.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Question: Outline the vision and mission of the Organisation

Assessment Criteria: Why was the Organisation set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?

  • Question: How has the Organisation developed and tackled issues?

Assessment Criteria: Describe the development of the Organisation including some significant challenges and achievements

  • Question: What has the overall impact of the work been?

Assessment Criteria: Demonstrate the impact of the Organisation on the wider community – locally, regionally and/or nationally – including some facts and figures that reflect the success.

Provide an example/testimonial to illustrate the impact of this work. [Please feel free to amend the example/testimonial to protect the identity of service users and individuals]

  • Question: What makes this Organisation unique?

Assessment Criteria: Consider what makes this Organisation special. How is it different from others working in the same field?

  • Question: How can the public support this work?

Assessment Criteria: How clear is this and how accessible is it for the public to support the work? Volunteers? Fundraising?

  • How is the Organisation transparent and accountable?

Assessment Criteria: Where can the public find out about the Organisation’s finances and governance? Does the organisation comply with any relevant codes or standards?

Eligibility Criteria:

This award aims to shine a light on voluntary trustees who have made an extraordinary contribution to an organisation. Any trustee [i.e. board member, committee member, etc] of an organisation’s board can be nominated.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Question: Tell us about the issue of issues this project/organisation/campaign is tackling and why it is important

Assessment Criteria: Clarity on the project/organisation/campaign’s vision, mission & purpose. Why was the organisation set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?

  • Question: Describe the nominee’s involvement with the organisation.

Assessment Criteria:  what are the issues the organisation is tackling; what are the issues facing the organisation; how well has the nominee impacted on these? What is the nominee’s role? How did they get involved? How long have they been a Trustee?

  • Question: What special qualities and skills does the nominee bring to their role as Trustee?
  • Question: How has the nominee’s involvement had a positive impact on the organisation and the people it serves. Give a specific example of their impact on the organistion.

Assessment Criteria [for both questions above]:  Consider what is inspiring, creative, innovative and unique about the nominee and their value to the organisation.  Consider any special skills, experience or qualities that make them stand out. Consider how the organisation and the people it serves have benefited from the nominee’s involvement.  

  • Question: How is the organisation transparent and accountable?

Assessment Criteria:  Consider how the organisation is accountable and how the public can find out about its finances and governance. Consider any relevant codes or standards with which the organisation complies.  


Eligibility Criteria:

  • This award recognises the impact of social enterprises.
  • Social enterprises are social-mission focused organisations that engage in trading activity in a way to achieve their social mission, or to generate a contribution to the cost of delivering their mission.
  • Any trading income or surplus they generate is reinvested in the enterprise and not distributed to directors or shareholders.

* An Organisation can only enter this category or the Charity Impact Award category, not both.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Question: Outline the vision and mission of the Social Enterprise

Assessment Criteria: Why was the Social Enterprise set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?

  • Question: How has the Social Enterprise developed and tackled issues?

Assessment Criteria: Describe the development of the Social Enterprise including some significant challenges and achievements

  • Question: What has the overall impact of the work been?

Assessment Criteria: Demonstrate the impact of the Social Enterprise on the wider community – locally, regionally and/or nationally – including some facts and figures that reflect the success.

Provide an example/testimonial to illustrate the impact of this work. [Please feel free to amend the example/testimonial to protect the identity of service users and individuals]

  • Question: What makes this Social Enterprise unique?

Assessment Criteria: Consider what makes this Social Enterprise special. How is it different from others working in the same field?

  • Question: Please describe how your Social Enterprise engages in trading activity in a way to achieve your social mission

Assessment Criteria: How does the organisation generate income?

What percentage of the income is traded income [i.e. income in exchange for a good or service]? How does the income generated contribute to the cost of delivering on your mission

  • Question: How can the public support the Social Enterprise?

Assessment Criteria: How clear is this and how accessible is it for the public to support the work? Volunteers? Fundraising?

  • How is the Social Enterprise transparent and accountable?

Assessment Criteria: Where can the public find out about the Social Enterprise’s finances and governance?  Does the organisation comply with any relevant codes or standards?

Each application that fulfills the Eligibilty Criteria for their category [see above] will be published on www.charityimpactawards.ie

  • Shorting:

A shortlist of 5 entries will be drawn up for each category, using the specific Assessment Criteria.  The Shortlisting Process is carried out by The Wheel staff. See detail of the Shortlisting process here [include hyperlink to the detail]

  • Voting:

The shortlisted entries will be open to public voting from 12th November to 3rd December 2018.  

A weighting of 33.33% will be given to the public voting. Within each category, it will work as follows:

the total number of votes is counted and each of the 5 organisations is given a percentage based on its percentage of that overall vote e.g. if the total votes are 2,000, and one organisation gets 800 votes out of that total, it will be assigned 40% of that overall vote. This 40% will provide 33.33% of the total score for that application.

  • Judging:

The judging will be done by a panel of judges, details of which will be available on the Charity Impact Awards website prior to the judging taking place, using the specific Assessment Criteria.

A weighting of 66.66% will be given to the judge’s results. Within each category, it works as follows:

Judges scoring – each organisation will be marked out of 100 and as with the public voting, each organisation will be given a weighting based on its score as a percentage of the overall score for the category e.g. if the scoring for the 5 organisations is 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 that is a total of 300 marks in total, the organisation that gets 50 out of the 300 total will be given a percentage of 16.67%.  This 16.67% will provide 66.66% of the total score for that application.

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Charity Impact Awards

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