Evaluation Criteria

The submission window for the ASAP Innovation Competition has closed as of April 2nd, 2012 at 11:59pm EDT. Thank you to all who participated.

Entries to the “School Programs” category of the ASAP Innovation Competition will be evaluated according to the following seven categories. Scores for each category will be tallied to determine a final score. While each category is important, they have been assigned distinct weights (specified here) to reflect greater or lesser emphasis.

Originality (10%)

  • Is the concept new, fresh, and innovative?
  • Does the program capitalize on current trends in fitness, health, and wellness?  This might include, but is not limited to, movement-promoting technology, adaptations to the built environment, active transportation, kinesthetic learning, etc.
  • Does the program make creative use of the school’s constrained resources? (e.g., time in the school day, staff and faculty time, space and geographic limitations, etc.)

Fun and Engaging for Kids (10%)

  • Is the program positively received by elementary school-aged children?  What is the evidence?
  • Does the program demonstrate a clear understanding of what will resonate with, appeal to, and motivate this target audience?

Health Promoting (20%)

  • Does the program increase physical activity and movement among elementary school-aged children?
  • Is the program’s potential to improve children’s fitness, health, and wellbeing apparent?
  • Does the program demonstrate potential to improve health and wellness beyond physical fitness (e.g., academic performance, attendance, classroom participation, behavioral outcomes, community cohesion, etc.)?

Cost-Effective and Sustainable (20%)

  • Where possible, does the program make use of existing resources?
  • Has the cost of the program been calculated? If so, how much does the program cost (consider budget, personnel, equipment, space, etc.)?
  • What tools/resources/infrastructure are needed to keep the program operating into the future?
  • Does the program efficiently use, or creatively repurpose, budget dollars?
  • Does the program have buy-in from students, teachers, administrators, and parents?

Highly Scalable (10%)

  • Does the program show evidence of opportunity for expansion to more schools in the community? State? Region? Country?
  • Can the program be replicated in school environments dissimilar to the one where it originated? (e.g., rural vs. suburban vs. urban; large vs. small; warm vs. cold climate; etc.)

Reaches All Ages and Ability Levels (20%)

  • What percentage of students in the classroom/school/district, does the program reach?
  • Does it engage every student or only those who elect to participate?
  • Does it effectively engage both boys and girls?
  • Can children of varying ability levels and children at high risk for low fitness participate?
  • Does the program appeal to, or adapt to accommodate, students across the elementary school age range?

Instills Transferable Skills, Habits, & Attitudes (10%)

  • Does the program empower kids with transferrable knowledge, skills, and attitudes for healthy, active living outside the school environment?
  • Will skills and lessons learned extend beyond the school environment as kids progress out of the school, program, or age range?