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Evaluation Rubric – Career Catalyst: Project Grants for New Generation Artists

In the grant assessment process, the Ontario Arts Council provides a rubric to assessors to guide them in rating applications. The following rubric is for the Career Catalyst: Project Grants for New Generation Artists program using three assessment criteria: artistic merit, impact and viability.
 
The rubric is used as applicable, based on the context and/or priorities of each grant program, as described on the program web page.

 

Artistic Merit [30% of total score]

Rating: Excellent (3)

  • Clear and compelling artistic practice and achievements as demonstrated by applicant CV and answers to application questions.
  • Vital and relevant artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences with consideration, as relevant to practice, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups. 
  • Artistic example demonstrates excellent artistic quality.
 

Rating: Good (2)

  • Defined artistic practice and achievements as demonstrated by applicant CV and answers to application questions.
  • Clear artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences with consideration, as relevant to practice, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups. 
  • Artistic example demonstrates good artistic quality.
 

Rating: Poor (1)

  • Unclear artistic practice and lack of achievements as demonstrated by applicant CV and answers to application questions.
  • Missing or irrelevant artistic / cultural / aesthetic / geographic / language / community influences with no consideration, as relevant to practice, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and OAC’s priority groups. 
  • Artistic example demonstrates poor artistic quality.
 

Impact [40% of total score]

Rating: Excellent (3)

  • Clear and relevant goals for the artist’s career.
  • Project plan is precise, well-researched and clear.
  • Unique and compelling contribution to the applicant’s development.
  • Proposed activity will have significant impact on applicant’s career.
  • If the project involves additional people and/or organizations: these are well-chosen, highly appropriate and confirmed.
 

Rating: Good (2) 

  • Appropriate goals for the artist’s career.
  • Project plan includes adequate detail.
  • Some contribution to applicant’s development. 
  • Proposed activity will have some impact on applicant’s career.
  • If the project involves additional people and/or organizations: these are appropriate and may or may not be confirmed
 

Rating: Poor (1)

  • Irrelevant or unclear goals for the artist’s career.
  • Project plan is vague and missing details.
  • Limited or no contribution to applicant’s development. 
  • Proposed activity will have little or no impact on applicant’s career.
  • If the project involves additional people and/or organizations: these are not relevant and not confirmed.



Viability [30% of total score]

Rating: Excellent (3)

  • Plan is clear and relevant to the project goals. 
  • Activities are well-described and appear to have a high probability of success.
  • Expense form information is detailed, complete and realistic.
  • Estimates of all fees and expenses are appropriate and backed by careful research and planning.
 

Rating: Good (2)

  • Plan is somewhat relevant to the project goals. 
  • Some activities are well-described and appear to have a solid probability of success.
  • Expense form information is realistic.
  • Some estimates of fees and expenses are appropriate and backed by research and planning.
 

Rating: Poor (1)

  • Plan is unclear or not relevant to the project goals.
  • Activities are poorly described and appear to have a low probability of success.
  • Expense form information is missing or unrealistic.
  • Estimates of fees and expenses are unrealistic are not backed by research and planning.