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Evaluation Criteria

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On OpenIDEO, solutions can take lots of forms and concepts at any stage of development are welcome. Ideas will especially stand out if they are:

Community-centered. Our challenge question acknowledges the role of communities in solving the issue of financial mobility. What existing community structures, systems, values or approaches are you leveraging in your solution? We’re excited to learn about them.

Human-centered. This is OpenIDEO after all! Who are you designing your idea for? If you've explored building empathy by deeply understanding the needs of those who will use your proposed solution, you're in great shape. If you’ve developed prototypes to collect feedback on your ideas from those you’re designing for, even better.

Collaborative. Have you been working with other OpenIDEO community members to learn, test or improve your idea? The more you collaborate, the more potential your idea has to grow.

Inclusive. This challenge applies to all kinds of people and communities. Could your idea be applied to a range of groups? If so, tell us about it!

Locally implementable. Could you pilot this idea in your own community? Could you give someone else the blueprint so they could test it in theirs? Then you’re probably onto something special.

Unique. Can we get inspired by what’s working in other sectors, or apply game-changing new thinking? Let’s re-imagine financial empowerment with fresh approaches.

Envisioning success. Do you have a clear understanding of what success looks like for your idea? How might it be measured? The clearer this vision, the stronger your prototyping and solution will be.

Ripe for impact. Does your idea have the potential to meet pressing needs and improve the lives of real people? As always on OpenIDEO, our mission is to create meaningful social impact.

Learn more about our OpenIDEO Guiding Principles.