Evaluation Criteria

Winners of the Lipman Family Prize are models for the good that they achieve as well as for their approach and implementation. The winner of the Prize tackles a universal problem in one or more local settings — and, as such, offers an approach, model, or innovation that can be adapted to create a positive impact elsewhere. The application process places particular emphasis on the following four qualities: Leadership, Innovation, Impact, and Transferability.

Leadership

Lipman Prize winners are organizations that achieve good through sustainable approaches. Their models are exemplary and provide solutions for tackling universal problems that can be adapted around the world.

Innovation

Lipman Prize winners offer innovation and/or innovative approach to solving a pressing world problem.

 

Impact

Lipman Prize winners have exhibited proof of concept for their model and/or specific project. They are poised to scale and see the Lipman Prize as the catalyst for growth.

Transferability

Lipman Prize winners embrace the importance of knowledge transfer within the social sector. A core element of their business model has the potential to transfer across geography and/or need, thus offering valuable knowledge assets for the social impact community.

Successful Past Applicants: How previous winners of the Lipman Family Prize exemplify the four primary evaluation criteria of Leadership, Innovation, Impact, and Transferability

Leadership

  • Focus on “last mile” – necessary logistics for truly equitable health care

Innovation

  • Innovative and effective sanitation latrines
  • Market-based business model with local vendors
  • Sanitation Marketing

Impact

  • 10,000+ latrines sold at time of Prize
  • Potential for Impact: 2/3 people in SS Africa and South Asia lack access to improved sanitation

Transferability

  • Already in 9 additional countries (Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia)
  • Sanitation Marketing – exemplary marketing campaign

Leadership

  • Community-driven, decentralized approach

Innovation

  • Solving inequalities through libraries/community centers
  • The “READEffect”: education + economic opportunity to spur community investment

Impact

  • 67 READ Centers, 98 for-profit enterprise partners
  • Access to 1.95M rural villagers
  • South Asia: high illiteracy rates, gender inequality

Transferability

  • Model in 3 South Asian countries, model adoption happens at individual community level
  • “READ Effect” – exemplary approach

Leadership

  • Modeling importance of media in breaking stigmas

Innovation

  • Innovative cultural media strategy
  • Work with men to take a stand vs. domestic violence
  • Pioneering gaming for social justice

Impact

  • Bell Bajao! Campaign (India) = 15% more women seeking help, 10% increase in community action
  • Full culture change hard to quantify

Transferability

  • Marketing campaign potential to fight any stigma
  • Expanding to US to address college campus gender issues

Leadership

  • Market-based approaches – iterated, proven over time

Innovation

  • Innovative management systems for vehicle fleets and supply chain distribution
  • Financial models to optimize and conserve resources

Impact

  • Massive reach: improved access to health care for 12M people in Africa
  • 400K samples/test results completed per year; result turnaround times cut in half

Transferability

  • Currently in 7 African countries
  • Emphasis on organizational development lessons for social sector organizations

Leadership

  • Building sophisticated support networks for vulnerable new members of society in multiple locations

Innovation

  • Sports for development program for refugee youth in both a country of asylum and resettlement
  • Innovative use of soccer to create a supportive, enjoyable and safe community

Impact

  • Serves 2000+ children annually. Of the 1500 in the US, 97% graduate from high school
  • Success in retention and returning members – 13 graduates last year went on to become coaches

Transferability

  • Growing demand of refugee and asylee communities all around the world combined with soccer’s position a global sport

Leadership

  • Bringing service providers and health and human service systems together to pursue a shared commitment to making city-wide change

Innovation

  • Successfully pioneered Shared Safety, a revolutionary approach to ending relational violence through city-wide change

Impact

  • More than quadrupled the number of victims able to access its free legal representation in protection from abuse and custody and support cases
  • Became one of the first domestic violence service providers in the world to achieve Sanctuary® certification

Transferability

  • A citywide blueprint for more effective prevention of domestic and sexual violence

Leadership

  • Demonstrating smallholder farmers can finance themselves if they have the right tools to save

Innovation

  • Customer centered approach that redefined a finance challenge as an opportunity for a savings solution

Impact

  • Participants average harvests increased from 50-100% over traditional farms
  • Net farming income increase of $150-$300 per farmer annually

Transferability

  • Majority of people living in poverty are smallholder farmers
  • Goal to help 1 million smallholder farmers increase their income by $1.50 per day by 2025