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ACE Judging Process

 Point Values (based on a 100 point scale)

  • Summary
  • Synopsis:  
    • Identification
      • Needs Identification (15 points)
      • Objectives (15 Points)
      • Evaluation (30 points)
    • Communication Piece (40 points)
    • Supporting Documents

 Award Levels

  • Best of Show
    • 2 possible winners
      • Class 1: (1) chamber with a total organizational budget of $2 million and above
      • Class 2: (1) chamber with a total organizational budget of $2 million and below
    • The entry that is awarded this honor illustrates and embodies the essence of communications excellence. A winner will be selected for each class from the entries that were awarded the Gold Award.
    • This award will be presented at the Awards Program during the ACCE Convention.
  • Gold
    • 10 possible winners
      • Group 1: (5) chambers with a budget over 2 million
      • Group 2: (5) chambers with a budget under 2 million
    • They raise the standards and set the pace for communications excellence. One entry from each of the five major categories for both budget groups could be awarded a Gold award.  Therefore, up to ten entries (5 from each of the 2 Classes) may be awarded this level. 
    • These awards will be presented during the ACCE Annual Convention. 
  • Silver
    • Surpasses the fundamental standards and criteria of communications excellence. 
  • Bronze
    • Meet and exceed the fundamental standards and criteria for communications excellence.
  • Renamed levels of achievement that are more recognizable and easier to follow.

    • Best of Show (Top winner): The entry that is awarded this honor illustrates and embodies the essence of communications excellence. A winner will be selected for each Class from the entries that are awarded the Gold Award.  This award will be presented at the Awards Program during the ACCE Convention.
    • Gold (Best of Show finalist): Raises the standards and sets the pace for communications excellence. One entry from each of the five major categories for both budget groups could be awarded a Gold award.  Therefore, up to ten entries (5 from each of the 2 Classes) may be awarded this level.  This award will be presented at the Awards Program during the ACCE Convention.
    • Silver: Surpasses the fundamental standards and criteria of communications excellence. 
    • Bronze: Meets and exceed the fundamental standards and criteria for communications excellence.

Round 1 of Judging

  • Determines entries that will receive a Silver or Bronze Award
  • All complete entries are reviewed by two independent judges who have significant communications experience and who are familiar with the general missions, goals, and financial limitations of chambers of commerce and not-for-profit organizations.
  • During the first round of judging, the judges evaluate each entry against a standardized score sheet.  These score sheets have been tailored to each category. 
  • After the entry has been evaluated by two judges, their scores are compared.  If the difference between the two scores is greater than 10, that entry will be evaluated by a third judge. 
  • If the third judge’s score is not within 10 points of one of the initial scores, that entry is judged by another judge until there are two scores within 10 points of each other. An entry’s final score is the average of the two scores (within 10 points of each other). 

Round 2 of Judging

  • All entries that receive a score above 96* move onto the second round to determine the Gold Award winners. 
    • If there are not enough entries that have a score above 96, that minimum score to qualify may be lowered.  In these cases, all entries that receive the new minimum score qualify for the Gold Award judging.  If a category does not have an entry that scored high enough, no Gold Award is awarded for that category.
  • The entries that qualify for the Gold award are split into two groups
    • Class 1: organizations with a total organizational budget of $2 million and above
    • Class 2: organizations with a total organizational budget of $2 million and below
  • This round is judged by ACCE senior staff.  For each award category, they rank their three favorites (1st place = 3 points, 2nd = 2, and 3rd = 1).  The entry with the highest average score is awarded the Gold Award for that category. 
  • The ten Gold Award winners advance to the final round of judging. 
  • The Gold Award winners are recognized during the convention Awards Program.

Round 3 of Judging

  • The Best of Show judging (finals) is held the day before our annual convention.
  • The panel of judges consists of the ACE Chair and two – four volunteers.  These judges cannot be from a chamber who is a Gold Winner.  The panel reviews and discusses each entry and then decides the Best of Show winner for both classes. 
  • The Best of Show winners are recognized during the convention Awards Program.
  • Judging process that allows entries to be judged amongst those submitted by chamber of similar size, based on total organizational budget.

    Entries that attain recognition at the Gold level (formerly Grand Award), and those competing for Best of Show, will be divided into two classes (Class 1 and Class 2), based on total organizational budgets, as illustrated below.

    • Class 1: organizations with a total organizational budget of $2 million and above
      • Class 1 Best of Show ACE Winner (1 winner to be announced)
      • Class 1 Gold ACE Winner (1 award given to an entry in each category, up to 5 Gold Awards to be presented)
    • Class 2: organizations with a total organizational budget of $2 million and below
      • Class 2 Best of Show ACE Winner (1 winner to be announced)
      • Class 2 Gold ACE Winner (1 award given to an entry in each category, up to 5 Gold Awards to be presented) 

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