Classy Awards

Nominee Characteristics

2014 Classy Award Finalist Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Classy Award Nominees represent an elite pool of innovative programs that have the greatest potential to drive dramatic social change around the world. Programs are defined by the characteristics listed below.

Criteria 1

Comprehensive understanding of problem dynamics

Classy Awards Nominees illustrate a comprehensive understanding of the social problems they address. A concise problem description provides context to the following:

  • Affected population, quantified relative to specific locations
  • Contributing factors, such as economic, social, environmental, political or technological issues
  • Changing dynamics and trends over time

Criteria 2

Innovative solution

Classy Awards Nominees have big visions, exhibit creative entrepreneurial thinking, and pioneer innovative solutions. These include:

  • A bold strategy with a creative Theory of Change
  • A differentiated approach that distinguishes their model from traditional solutions
  • Willingness to take risks and embrace experimentation

Criteria 3

Sustainable business model

Classy Awards Nominees are launching solutions grounded in sustainable business practices. These models leverage:

  • Sustainable revenue streams or a plan for sustainability
  • Constructive collaborative partnerships

Criteria 4

Great potential to solve the problem

Classy Award Nominees are recognized for their solution’s ability to fundamentally solve the problem they’re addressing. They are committed to dramatic change – not incremental improvements – and illustrate their potential to drive that change through:

  • Clearly demonstrated measurement & evaluation processes
  • Well-defined growth plan, vision, and end game
  • Potential to disrupt the current social landscape

Criteria 5

Focus on learning

Learning is critical to growth and improvement. Classy Awards Nominees committed to integrating learning as a fundamental component of their day-to-day program operations. A culture of learning embodies the following:

  • Data-driven strategies that leverage existing best practices
  • Build-Measure-Learn program implementation
  • Willingness to embrace failure