A meticulous process
The most important task of the Yidan Prize Foundation is to ensure that judging is fair, open, unbiased and aligned with our vision and mission.
Independent, expert judges
Nominations are assessed by our Judging Committee, which comprises two panels. One panel focuses on education research, the other on education development. Final decisions on both awards are made collectively by the full committee.
Members of the Judging Committee are recognized experts appointed by invitation of the Yidan Prize Foundation’s board of directors.
Nominations are assessed according to the degree they are:
What are the judges looking for?
Has the research addressed one or more critical issues in education, with results that are having or promising to have a wide global impact?
Does the research and nominee have potential to shape the future of education, address new challenges in the world and help to spread the importance of inclusive and equitable quality education?
Is the research original or groundbreaking in its field? Is it a model for research of the highest scientific quality?
Does the research and nominee share new, creative approaches to education that will cultivate the skills, knowledge and self-awareness that will shape society for the better?
Has the research had a demonstrable effect on the thinking of leading educators?
Does the research and nominee reveal a promise to create a better world through education, and influence and inspire a global community of leaders in learning?
Has the research already stimulated productive changes in educational practices in at least some settings? Is there potential for the improvements recommended by the research to be spread to many settings?
Does the research and nominee have the potential to produce a long-lasting impact that enlightens humanity?
What impact might the prize have?
What are the nominee’s aspirations in the next three years? What are the key areas of focus? What does the nominee want to achieve?
To what extent does the idea or project anticipate future problems and opportunities in the field of education?
Has the idea or project addressed one or more critical issues in education, with results that are having or promising to have a wide global impact?
Does the idea or project have potential to shape the future of education, address new challenges in the world and help to spread the importance of inclusive and equitable quality education?
To what extent is the idea or project creating an education system that addresses new challenges in the world and will make a positive contribution to the future?
Does the project or nominee reveal creative new approaches to education? Can it cultivate skills, knowledge and understanding that promise to shape society for the better?
Is the idea or project groundbreaking?
Is the idea or project disruptive?
Does the idea or project display creativity?
What are the systemic impact goals? What quantitative and qualitative systemic impacts have been achieved so far?
How does the idea or project involve and influence the community, peers and stakeholders? To what extent is it transformative through collaborative actions?
Is the impact incremental or transformational in relation to the current system? To what extent is the idea or project creating a new, better system?
(To assist judges, nominators are required to provide a list of evaluation reports from external sources, and links to them if possible.)
To what extent has the idea or project scaled in-country and across borders? To what extent is it capable of being scaled and replicated?
What governance model is applied to ensure the project’s transparency and accountability?
Does the idea or project have a business model? How successful has this been in ensuring financial sustainability?
Are there any threats to the sustainability of the organization and project from legal and regulatory perspectives?
What is the severity and scale of the problem being addressed?
What is the extent and scale of the problem now and in the future? Who and how many people are impacted by the problem?