This award, sponsored by NFER, acknowledges the contribution made by an individual or team for innovative research that has, or has the potential to have, a significant impact on e-assessment within a particular stakeholder community or communities.
The stakeholder community could be local, regional, national or international and the award will recognise outcomes from the research that will show new insights into e-assessment in any particular field. Judges will be looking for the degree to which the stakeholder community or communities benefit from, or are expected to benefit from, the application of the research findings and the consequential improvements in the validity of e-assessments.
Submissions will be judged according to how well they meet each of the criteria below (max 1000 words). We also request a brief overview, or executive summary for the judging panel (max 200 words). Each submission will be considered on individual merit.
- Can the stakeholder community to which the individual or team has contributed, be identified clearly, and does the stakeholder community encompass a recognised area of assessment that could be changed by the outcome of the research findings?
- Where a team undertakes the research, can the roles of the individuals participating be clearly identified? Has the structure of the team been set up to support the overall outcomes of the project?
- Has the individual or team demonstrated a clear rationale for the subject of the research?
- Has the research project been managed well within the original constraints of time, investment and quality (including success criteria)?
- Have the the anticipated outcomes of the research been identified clearly at the outset? Is there a clear hypothesis to prove or disprove?
- Does the anticipated outcome of the research seek to improve the validity of particular assessments or assessment processes?
- To what extent can the research be said to address areas not previously investigated? Particular weight will be given to the demonstration of original thinking.
- Is the body of evidence used in the research appropriate and able to provide statistically significant outcomes where relevant? Evidence used in other research contexts can be used where the analysis seeks to prove or disprove a hypothesis not previously considered.
- Has the research project been refocused based upon initial findings to enable the original outcomes to be achieved, where relevant?
- To what extent have the success criteria for the research project been achieved?
- To what extent has the outcome of the research influenced improvements in the design, development, promotion or execution of electronic assessments? It is not necessary to achieve the anticipated outcomes if that proves not to be possible, but change of some degree should be attributed to the influence of the research project.