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Evaluating the Impact Challenge

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Sandy Speicher from our Impact Challenge Advisory Panel tapes a video with tips and tricks 
for evaluating our Top 20 concepts.
As you know, our Impact Challenge – now speeding into the Evaluation phase – is a celebration of OpenIDEO’s first birthday. And what a birthday party it’s been!
Together we’ve shared our favorite OpenIDEO moments and learnings, and designed a host of impact-focused ideas for improving OpenIDEO and our communities out in the world. We even took a couple of days to celebrate our collective energy and ideas and applaud the concepts we were most excited about.
Now the time has come to evaluate the challenge shortlist. Before we get started, though, we thought we’d take a minute to shed some light on how this shortlist came to be, as well as offer some pointers to think about as you evaluate them.
First, how did we come up with this shortlist? In one word: together! In fact, we included an Applause phase because we wanted to directly ask for you input. You cheered, you clapped, and you made it clear which ideas you feel are best positioned for social impact.
Next, the OpenIDEO team and our challenge Advisory Panel put our heads together and discussed which ideas we loved too. Many of them overlapped with what the community had chosen, while some of them were hidden gems we thought also earned a place in the Top 20. After lots of excited conversation and back-and-forth discussion, we pulled together a list of 20 dynamic, innovative and well-developed ideas to move forward into Evaluation.
But the fun didn’t end there! We also spent some time talking through what questions to ask during the Evaluation round. In this challenge, we’re especially keen on ideas that increase social impact of all shapes, sizes and scales, and that have clearly defined funding sources – after all, impact often requires some kind of financial support to be realised.
To help guide you through this Evaluation phase, we've put together a fun, short video with some tips to think about as you start evaluating. The video features OpenIDEO’s Nathan and our challenge Advisory Panel’s Sandy offering advice and questions to consider as you read through the shortlist of concepts and rate them.
We’re really excited to unveil our Top 20 and appreciate the time you take to evaluate them. Before you get started, take a moment to also review the following Honorable Mention concepts – while we won’t be evaluating them during this phase, we do want to congratulate the OpenIDEATORS behind these fantastic and impact-driven ideas:
Impact Challenge Honorable Mentions:
Travel Guide for Social Innovation by Anne Kjaer Reichert
OpenIDEO Shopfront by Charlotte Fliegner
You Need...I Have... by IDEO Palo Alto
And with that, let’s start evaluating!
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