Potential projects are evaluated on specific criteria to assess their readiness, leadership, mission, and chances of succeeding at their proposed program.
Specific Evaluation Criteria
- Nature of Project
Determines if projects fall outside range of eligibility or that require services outside the Partnership's scope or that are incompatible with Community Partners' and Jumpstart's values and mission. These criteria are exclusionary, meaning that any project that exhibits even one of these characteristics is ineligible.
- Stage of Development
Determines if project is of sufficient maturity/organizational development. These criteria are cumulative, meaning the Partnership must be convinced that enough infrastructure has been built to sustain the project, and each element increases potential eligibility.
- Purpose and Mission
Determines if project mission and desired outcomes match goals of the Partnership and its supporters. Does the project serve the public good, does it address an established market need, does it engage an underserved population within the Jewish community, does it use community-building as instrumental to its program, etc.? Criteria are determinative: eligible projects must meet at least one, but hopefully several of them.
Determines if a project's leadership has the required vision, skills and commitment to bring project to scale. In particular Jumpstart seeks leaders who evidence the passion, charisma and practical skills to create an effective organization. Criteria are synergistic, meaning that project leaders must demonstrate several of these criteria in order to be eligible to become a Partnership Project.
- Partnership Potential
Determines if the Community Partners/Jumpstart Partnership is the right organizational partner to work with in order to achieve desired goals. Assuming that projects have met the other eligibility criteria, this criterion examines how well the Partnership's offering will enable project leadership to get needed resources and support. This criterion is relational and requires that the potential for synergy exists between the project and the Partnership.
- Business Case
Examines if the project leaders have successfully articulated their plan, which must include a well-thought-out and clearly communicated vision, mission, and goals, as well as a thoughtful, clear, realistic program with specific measurable objectives, a realistic budget and a time-based implementation plan. This criterion is developmental. The Partnership needs to be convinced not just that the project is worthy, but that it is capable of producing detailed and persuasive documents to make that case. This criterion simply helps the Partnership gauge a project's potential in the marketplace.
For a more complete explanation of the evaluation criteria, download this pdf.