Judging the Yidan Prize

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.

 

Meet our Judging Committee

Judging criteria

Nominations are assessed according to the degree they are:

What are the judges looking for?

Yidan Prize for Education Research

Future-oriented

  • Does this research address one or more critical issues in education, with results that have (or look likely to have) a wide global impact?
  • Does the research (and nominee/s) have the potential to shape the future of education, address new challenges, and spread inclusive and fair education for all?

 

Innovative

  • Is this research original? In fact, is it groundbreaking in its field?
  • Is it a model for research of the highest scientific quality?
  • Does this research (and nominee/s) share new, creative approaches to education?
  • Could this approach cultivate skills, knowledge, and self-awareness that will shape society for the better?

 

Transformative

  • Has this research had a demonstrable effect on the thinking of leading educators?
  • Do the research and nominee/s both look likely to create a better world through education? Can both influence and inspire a global community of learning leaders?

 

Sustainable

  • Has the research already stimulated change in educational practices in some settings? Is there potential for the research to spread change to many settings?
  • Does the research and nominee/s have the potential to create a long-lasting change that enlightens humanity?

 

What is the potential impact?

  • What does the nominee hope to achieve in three years?
  • What are the key areas of focus?
Yidan Prize for Education Development

Future-oriented

  • Does this idea or project address one or more critical issues in education, with results that have (or look likely to have) a wide global impact?
  • Does this idea or project have the potential to shape the future of education, address new challenges, and spread inclusive and fair education for all?
  • To what extent does the idea or project anticipate problems and opportunities in education?
  • To what extent is the idea or project creating an education system that addresses new global challenges? Will it make a positive contribution to the future?

 

Innovative

  • Is the idea or project groundbreaking?
  • Is it disruptive?
  • Does it display creativity?
  • Does this project (and nominee/s) share new, creative approaches to education?
  • Could this approach cultivate skills, knowledge, and self-awareness that will shape society for the better?

 

Transformative

  • What are the project’s goals for systemic change? What systemic impacts have been achieved so far—quantitively and qualitatively?
  • How does this idea or project involve and influence a wider community or peers? Is it likely to inspire collaborative action?
  • How will the idea or project change the current system—either totally or incrementally? To what extent is it creating a new, better system?

 

Sustainable

  • To what extent has this idea or project grown and scaled so far—in its own country and across borders? And to what extent could it be scaled and replicated further?
  • Does the idea or project have a governance model to make sure there’s transparency and accountability?
  • Is there a business model? Has that model ensured financial stability so far?
  • Are there any legal or regulatory threats to the organization or project?

 

What problem could this solve?

  • What is the severity and scale of the problem being addressed—now and in the future?
  • How many people are impacted by it?