Planning Awards - Judging Criteria

Excellence in Leadership Judging Criteria – Outstanding individual contribution: (Council Executive Officer, Director or above)

Outline the individual’s contribution by addressing the following criteria:  

  1. Overall objective/project brief
    Describe the change initiative and outline why it was needed. You should include an explanation of how the issue was defined, which stakeholders were consulted in developing the strategy, and what (appropriate and achievable) goals were set.

  2. Methodology/stakeholder engagement
    Outline the methodology/approach used to develop and deliver the change initiative. Include a description of how stakeholders were engaged.

  3. Motivation/leadership – Demonstration of leadership
    What leadership qualities did this individual demonstrate in achieving this change initiative/s?  How did the approach show individual leadership?

  4. Impact
    Describe the impact this individual has had on council’s internal and external stakeholders working in planning and development services?

  5. Innovation & evaluation
    Describe how the leadership of this individual incorporated something unique or something that would result in a change or leave a lasting legacy in the way council planning and development staff deliver their service/approach their work. Did this person achieve their goal/s and make an impact on their key audiences? What feedback or other evaluation methods demonstrate the value of this change initiative?  

Culture Change Innovation/Excellence Judging Criteria: Council (as an organisation/team)

  1. Overall strategy
    Describe the change initiative and outline why it was needed. You should include an explanation of how the issue/s was defined, which stakeholders were consulted in developing the strategy, and what (appropriate and achievable) goals were set up.
  2. Methodology/stakeholder engagement
    Outline the methodology/approach used to develop, deliver and evaluate the change initiative/strategy. Include a description of how stakeholders (internal/external) were engaged. Were stakeholders asked to give feedback as part of evaluating the outcomes?
  3. Creating a positive environment for change
    Describe what strategies were used to create an environment of trust and positivity and to overcome change resistance. What actions and activities were used to encourage staff to embrace change? How was resistance managed
  4. The impact of the change on relationships
    Describe how this change initiative/strategy achieved its goal/s and made an impact on relationships between those who operate, use and are affected by the planning system.  
  5. The shift in focus/approach that has resulted from the change
    Explain how this initiative altered the focus/approach in the way the council is delivering its planning and development services. What is different now? Describe how the strategy/methodology incorporated something unique or that would leave a lasting legacy on the behaviour of staff. How did this change contribute to strengthening the council’s capacities and performance for planning and development services? How has this change been embedded into the council’s culture?

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