Judging Categories, Irish eGovernment Awards

By: Irish Egovernment Awards  05/12/2011
Keywords: PROJECT MANAGEMENT, Egovernment Awards

The categories for Ireland's eGovernment Awards run in association with eircom have now been announced. As with previous years, each entry will be marked according to specific evaluation criteria by an independent panel of judges. The categories include:

  • Ireland's Overall Winner eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Central eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Local eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's State Body eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Cross Agency eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Accessible eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Education eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Irish Language eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Innovation eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Project Management eGovernment Award
  • Ireland's Marketing eGovernment Award
  • Promoting Ireland Overseas eGovernment Award
  • Open Source eGovernment Award

The overall winner of the Ireland’s eGovernment Awards is chosen from the entrants to all nine categories. The winner must demonstrate outstanding commitment and innovation in its approach to utilising ICT to implement exceptional eGovernment services in Ireland.

The Central eGovernment Award is awarded to the ICT initiative that has succeeded in clearly delivering better services, information and efficiencies to its customers and those who work within the organisation.

Key factors include enhanced customer service, access to information, improved processes, an increase in efficiencies or resource savings, and simplicity or ease of use and innovation.

The Local eGovernment Award is awarded to the local authority who has succeeded in harnessing ICT to deliver better services, information and efficiencies to its target audience (both internal and external).

Key factors include innovation, enhanced customer service, an increase in efficiencies, access to local information or resource savings, simplicity or ease of use and problem solving.

The State Body eGovernment Award is awarded to the state body who has succeeded in harnessing ICT to deliver better services, information and efficiencies to its target audience (both internal and external).

Key factors include innovation, enhanced customer service, an increase in efficiencies, access to local information or resource savings, simplicity or ease of use and problem solving.

The Cross Agency Award recognises projects and services that have been delivered through collaboration across two or more agencies and bodies in Ireland, north and south. This award looks for evidence of faster implementation through the cross agency approach and resource efficiencies (in time and costs) as a result of that collaboration.

Key factors will include project management, speed of collaboration across the agencies and the innovative nature of the solution that would otherwise not have been possible.

The eGovernment Award for best website to respond to and provide for persons with disability is awarded to the site or online service that has succeeded in clearly enhancing online access for those with disability.

Key factors include improved access to resources and information for those with disability in accordance with government guidelines

The Education eGovernment Award was awarded to the organisation who has succeeded in harnessing ICT to deliver better services, information and efficiencies to its target audience (both internal and external).

Key factors included innovation, enhanced customer service, an increase in efficiencies, access to local information or resource savings, simplicity or ease of use and problem solving.

The Irish Language eGovernment Award is for the best website to respond to and provide for persons who wish to access services through Irish.

The Innovation eGovernment Award is awarded for an operational, service or product innovation which utilises the web and which has been implemented for the first time in 2010. The innovation must be focused on providing improved services, operational efficiencies and/or faster processes in delivering eGovernment solutions in Ireland.

Key factors include the originality of the innovation, the service impact, the project management of the implementation and the future development of the innovation as well as demonstrating the efficiency and savings of the innovation.

The Project Management eGovernment Award is awarded to the project manager who has demonstrated outstanding skills in the management and delivery of an ICT project and met the objectives set out for that project.

Key factors include innovative thinking, project definition, scoping, resource management and customer satisfaction.

The Marketing eGovernment Award is awarded to the organisation that illustrates excellence in the marketing of ICT based services.

Key factors include use of marketing techniques, promotion and positioning of eGovernment services and how effectively marketing objectives were met.

Recognising the key role international inward investment and exports from Ireland will play in our economic recovery, this new category rewards the use of online to support the promotion of Ireland overseas.

This category is open to any organisation whose use of the web promotes Ireland to encourage investment, exports, tourism, international relations, education, links and all other ways in which promotion of Ireland benefits the countries growth and reputation.

The Open Source eGovernment Award is awarded for contribution and participation in an open source project. This participation could be through utilising open source software in an innovative way, core software development, testing of the resulting product or service, contribution to the documentation of the open source project or by providing support services. This award goes beyond the simple use of an open source package and recognises real, practical participation in an open source project or community.

Key factors will include problem solving through the implementation of open source software, active participation in or contribution back to the open-source development community and the ability to deliver real efficiencies and cost savings in eGovernment through open source projects.

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Keywords: Egovernment Awards, PROJECT MANAGEMENT