Every year Project Oracle hosts an evidence competition. The deadline for applying for the current competitions has now passed and our independent judges are currently reviewing the entries. A decision should be made by the end of May 2013. Details of our next competitions will be announced in autumn of this year. Learn more about the competitions here
Why we do this
All services will improve if they reflect on the effectiveness of their projects. The Evidence Competition rewards youth organisations who are committed to doing just that and who can demonstrate the quality and progress of their evaluation work rather than the outcomes achieved. Our competition will champion organisations which are showing their potential impact and sharing it with others.The Project Oracle award categories are:
1. Award for Prospective Evaluations
The Prospective Award Category entrants will be London or Greater London-based providers presenting an evaluation plan of a project that is currently or planned to be implemented. There are five awards for the Prospective category valued at £5,000 in the areas of employment, crime, education, family and poverty, and enterprise.
2. Award for Retrospective Evaluations
The Retrospective Evaluations category entrants will have completed a project with youth outcomes in London or Greater London, and can show a good approach in their evaluation. There are three awards for retrospective Oracle members valued at £2,000 each. All entrants submitting to this award category have an opportunity to contribute their project evaluations as evidence in the Project Oracle Synthesis Study.
3. Award for the YJB evidence competition
The YJB evidence competition offers two prizes of £5000 open to all projects nationwide, including the prospective and retrospective entrants above who focus on reducing youth offending. Of the two new prizes, one is for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, and the other for Youth Offending Teams and Youth Custodial Establishment organisations.
All entries to the Evidence Competition are considered for an award based on the effectiveness of the evaluation, the progress made in using it and the emerging innovations shown. See the support guide for more detailed information
Applicants making a long list for consideration in one of the two award categories will have their entry information considered by the independent Project Oracle Expert Panel and a panel of select judges.
Those entrants that are shortlisted will be notified. Shortlisted applicants, where applicable, will be asked to provide an update of the evaluation plan for which they entered the competition by the 15th of May 2012.