EYA Jury Criteria

Jury Criteria

A jury member rates each criterion on a scale of 1 to 6 (1 being the lowest and 6 being the highest). Out of the scores S1-S8 the database automatically calculates an average Score I which is used to rank the projects.

In addition, there is a strategic score (Score II) to evaluate the social impact (solidarity aspects) and social value of the project in its context, for effectively implementing the goals defined by the Council of Europe, Europe 2020 and the UN SDGs.

I. Content Creativity
S1 Creativity of idea & goals: newness and originality of the idea behind the project and the pursued goals.
S2 Quality and depth of content.
S3 Innovation of the approach to reach the project’s goals; innovation of implementation.

II. Digital Implementation
S4 Design: aesthetic value of layout and graphics, visual appeal.
S5 Functionality: usability and structure.
S6 Interactivity: appropriate interactivity to engage with the target group.

III: Social entrepreneurial aspects
S7 Sustainability: ability to maintain the project over the long term.
S8 Economic potential: potential for economic development and growth and creation of surplus value.

= Score I: Average of the above criteria

Additional Strategic Score:
SS1 Social Impact & solidarity: potential of impact in the target group / society.
SS2 Social value: value for political agenda; efficiency and strategic relevance for goals of the Council of Europe and Europe 2020 and the UN SDGs.

= Score II: Average of the above criteria

Regarding the Strategic Scores please note:
Jury members are asked to evaluate the ‘Social impact and solidarity’ aspects (not economic impact) of the project in respect to the target group on the basis of the provided information.

When making their judgment regarding the ‘Social Value’ of a project, they are suggested to consider the following points:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in promoting one or more values of the Council of Europe and/or the aims of Europe 2020 and/or taking action on the UN SDGs.
  • Potential for contributing to the discussion of Europe 2020: making digital technologies relevant to all citizens, developing ICTs for Education and fostering Youth Innovation.

Projects with higher strategic scores will be considered a priority.

Category Switch

The decision about project category switches is solely at the discretion of the EYA Jury. The EYA office will – upon the jury’s information – switch a project to another category.

All information about the categories can be found on the Categories 2019 page. The category descriptions must not be seen exclusive, but as general guidelines.


The decision about project disqualifications is solely at the discretion of the EYA Jury. The EYA office will – upon the jury’s information – eliminate a project from the evaluation list in the database.

Submissions which do not conform to the rules of the contest guidelines will be disqualified. You can find the contest rules HERE & also in our FAQs.

Reasons for disqualification are (in particular but not only):

  • Malfunctioning of the entry during the time of the jury evaluation (submitters are held responsible for the smooth functioning of their submission).
  • The project is not mainly initiated and executed by young people under the age of 33, i.e. born on or after January 1, 1986.
    Please note that some team members who contribute with their expertise may be older than 33 years but the young team members of the project have to play an important role in the project and be able to represent it.
  • The project does not possess creative rights or infringes on the copyrights of others.
  • The registration information is vastly incomplete or false.
  • The entry contains offensive content, violates universal declaration of human rights, incites hatred, spreads pornography or calls for unlawful action.