UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Selection criteria

Judgement of applications will be made upon an assessment of all aspects of the application relating to the digital empowerment of persons with disabilities. Applicants are therefore strongly recommended to ensure that they make maximum use of the space provided in each section. The application form specifically notes where items are intended merely for classification purposes and will not be used as part of the assessment process. Jurors will especially examine the extent to which individuals and organizations have shown evidence that they have delivered against twelve specific criteria:

the extent to which the applicant’s work has used digital solutions, resources and technologies to empower persons with disabilities through the formulation of policy, advocacy, co-operation and partnership-based solutions.
the extent to which the applicant’s work has included creation and development of digital solutions, resources and technologies to empower persons with disabilities.
the extent to which the applicant’s work has used digital solutions to empower persons with disabilities through building and strengthening capacities of people to create, adapt and use digital solutions in a cost efficient and sustainable manner such as leadership programmes, the training of trainers, and enhancing the learning of persons with disabilities.
the extent to which the applicant has ensured the long term financial continuity and environmental sustainability of their interventions.
the extent to which the applicant’s interventions have been affordable by persons with disabilities, minimizing the cost of the solutions, resources and technologies used, and representing efficiency in the ratio between outputs and inputs.
the extent to which the work of the applicant has been effective at scale in different parts of the world; this is a measure of the breadth of the applicant’s work.
the extent of take up of the applicant’s interventions amongst the user groups for which they have been intended; this is a measure of the depth of the applicant’s work.
the extent to which the interventions are relevant to, and have been applied, across a broad range of user groups and disabilities, are intelligible in languages understood by persons with disabilities, and use of digital solutions including those which are based on open standards, accessible and openly licensed content and resources, and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
the extent to which people with disabilities have been involved in the original design, development and subsequent review of the applicant’s interventions.
evidence that the applicant has used monitoring and evaluation effectively in enhancing the quality of their interventions and in sharing information about their successes and failures.
the extent to which the applicant’s interventions are easy to use by the intended user groups.
the extent to which the applicant has been innovative in the design or practice of their approaches, and has thereby transformed traditional approaches to the empowerment of persons with disabilities.