Selection criteria

Formal criteria

The formal criteria are checked by the manager of the Prototype Fund before your project is evaluated by the jury:

  • Does the project promote smart participation in Swiss politics?
  • Does the project propose an open source solution?
  • If the project uses data, is it based on open data?
  • Do the applicants fulfil the formal criteria (Swiss work permit, of age)?

Selection criteria

Given that the formal criteria are fulfilled, your project will be rated according four dimensions which carry equal weight in the final decision:

  1. Scope and social impact of the project – How much value will your project generate for civil society in Switzerland? 
  2. Innovation – How new and exciting is your idea? Does the project improve existing solutions by making them more effective?
  3. Realisability 
    • Does the project team have the necessary skills to implement the idea?
    • Can the idea be realised within 6 months?
  4. Sustainability – Do the project and the project team have the potential and a plan to last beyond the project period?

Diversity of projects and project teams

The jury will also check that the final selection of projects fulfils the following criteria:

  1. Diversity of projects: Does the final selection cover a diverse set of projects? 
  2. Diversity of teams: When we decide between projects of comparable quality, we favour interdisciplinary teams with individuals from under-represented groups.
  3. Moonshot-character: Does the final selection of projects include one project with a particularly difficult implementation but an especially high potential impact? 
  4. For projects that seek to improve quality of information (phase 1 of the policy cycle): All else equal, we give preference to ideas that improve information about current policy questions or that are linked to the process of political decision-making.