To ensure that our judges are able to make the most informed decision, the judging process involves three stages.

The 2014 Judging Process

Stage 1: Long Leeting

COSLA has a team of assessors drawn from across local government for each award category. The teams use a set of criteria to agree a score for each application, and to provide written feedback on strengths and areas for improvement.  As well as innovative approaches, the assessment teams look for evidence of sound approaches and results, and successful applications will need to clearly show how they meet the award criteria.

Stage 2: Short Leeting

COSLA Judges will consider the long leet, including feedback provided by the assessment teams, to identify three finalists for each category.  Building on the award criteria, short leeted submissions will demonstrate an exceptional approach to delivery and evidence of leading practice.  They’ll also have achieved impressive impact or have great potential to do so.

Stage3: Winners

Every finalist will be invited to COSLA’s offices in Edinburgh to present their entry to the judges in face to face presentations .  The judging will involve a short presentation of the project followed by questions from the judges.  Following the presentations the judges make their final decisions.