Where can I find guidance on measurement and evaluation?

A clarification of the principles of best practice in measurement can be found in our Statement of best practice in measurement and evaluation. This includes information on outcomes and outputs.

Do you have to be a CIPR member to enter the Excellence Awards?

No. The CIPR Excellence Awards are open to any organisation, company or individual connected to, or working within, the public relations or communications industries.

What internet browser should I use?

Google Chrome and Firefox are the best browsers to use. We recommend you avoid using Internet Explorer or Safari.

How do I upload my 1,000-word entry?

Once you’ve selected the category you’d like to enter on the award entry platform, the text boxes appropriate to that category are displayed onscreen. Please ensure you correctly add the text of your entry to the relevant fields.

How do I upload a video link/hyperlink as part of my entry?

Links should be included within the one PDF document of supporting material.

Why can I not upload a PDF/image?

The maximum size per file is 10MB. If you can see a red cross but the title of your upload is next to it, this means it has been uploaded. The red cross is there in case you need to delete the document you’ve uploaded.

What should I do if I uploaded my entry into the wrong category?

You must contact the team via email as soon as possible. Unfortunately, once the judging process has commenced, entry categories cannot be changed.

Do you offer feedback on entries?

If your entry isn’t shortlisted, we’re able to provide numerical scores as feedback, on request. Should your entry receive an average score of 3 or below, the judges will also provide a short written comment.

Does my entry remain confidential?

All judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the judging period. If your entry is shortlisted, you’re asked at that stage to submit revised copy with confidential information removed. All winning entries are published on the CIPR website as case studies and may be used in subsequent media releases. All other entries are archived and may be used as future case studies (with the permission of entrants).

What happens if my entry is shortlisted?

We’ll let you know if your entry is shortlisted in April  2021 when the shortlist is published online. Winners will be announced at our online awards ceremony in June 2021, date to be confirmed.

Who judges the entries?

At stage one, judges will form teams of two to judge each entry in their specialist category and select the shortlist.

At stage two, all judges will come together and work in new groups to review the category shortlists and select the winners.

If someone in our organisation is a judge, can we still enter the awards?

Yes, but the judge doesn’t take part in the judging of any category in which you’ve entered.

Do you accept international entries?

Yes, you can be based in any country worldwide.