PILnet will select eight finalist teams based on the following criteria:
- Innovative aspects of the project;
- How the law is used and the strength of legal aspects in the project;
- The project’s relevance to the theme;
- The quality of problem analysis; and
- The practicality of the project.
The project proposals and the presentation at the Pitching Event will be evaluated by an independent group of judges based on the following criteria:
1. Project Concept & Design (Innovation) 30%
The Law for Change Student Competition invites proposals that use law to address social justice issues in Hong Kong today. Proposals should be innovative, and fill service gaps or bring added value to existing services. Proposals must be relevant to the theme. A strong project concept and design should be developed using well-grounded research that includes first hand data collection and demonstrate a good understanding of the context and the target end user(s). It should also generate enthusiasm and support.
A strong project will have a solid legal component and also consider cultural, economic, social, structural, and any other relevant aspects of the social justice issue to be addressed by the proposed project.
2. Project Planning & Feasibility 30%
Objectives stated in the proposals should be measurable and achievable. A strong proposal will include a clear articulation of how project activities will relate to the overall objectives and address specific aspects of the social justice issue stated in the proposal. Projects proposed should be feasible to be implemented within a reasonable timeline and a realistic scope. The description of each activity should be clear, well-developed and detailed, and show how the activity will engage relevant stakeholders. Proposals should identify the group(s) most adversely affected by the social justice issue selected, end user(s), the NGO partner(s) and other key stakeholders, and selection criteria for participants, and describe the activity and extent of engagement with each type of stakeholders.
3. Sustainability & Multiplier Effect 15%
Proposals should detail how elements of the project will be self-sustainable beyond the life of the initial budget and if there is any opportunity for a “multiplier effect” to be built into the project. A strong proposal should also state and demonstrate the team’s capacity and commitment to carry the project forward.
4. Cost Effectiveness 5%
A strong proposal will clearly demonstrate cost-effectiveness, and include examples of leveraging institutional in-kind support and other resources, such as lawyer pro bono services. Projects should have a realistic scope that is in line with the amount of the seed grant to be provided.
5. Project Monitoring & Evaluation 10%
Proposals should include a description of how the project’s progress and impact will be monitored and evaluated, i.e. how impact will be measured to determine if the project’s objectives have been achieved. Proposals should state who will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation.
6. Presentation 10%
Students will also be judged on their performance at the Pitching Event in January 2021 when they present their respective projects. Judges will consider the clarity of presentation, presentation skills and the quality of any visual aids and handouts that are used or provided during the presentation. There are no set rules on how the presentation should be done and students are encouraged to be creative and to look beyond the usual PowerPoint presentation.