FAQs – The Results and Feedback
Most of the marks awarded go to organisations who provide evidence. Is this true?
Yes. There is considerable difference between what an organisation hopes to achieve and what is actually achieved? NISO/NISG award marks based on what an organisation has achieved as shown by the evidence provided.
Are marks allocated evenly over the ten sections [see prompt list]?
No, the amount of marks allocated differ from section to section and differ from year to year depending on changes and determinations of weightings made. Sections two, three and four are the three most important sections from a marking point of view.
What feedback will I get once the marks are issued?
Currently, the feedback given to all organisations is done through workshops which usually commence in national centres upon publication of the promotional brochure and updating of the Safetyawards.ie website in January of each year. The awards process is generating more feedback which is being passed on to organisations who attend the workshops. A detailed individual feedback process would be resource intensive and if implemented would also be costly. Organisations with such budgets may be at a competitive advantage over those organisations without these resources. From 2012, we have produced individualised feedback in the form of radar charts based on how organisations performed in each of the sections of the submission [Usually ten sections]. We cannot enter into individual discussions at this point in time.
Is there any follow through or visits to organisations who make an entry?
No, the NISO/NISG Safety Awards are judged on the merits of the submission made. As a result, the marking of the awards is based on evidence supplied. NISO/NISG and most of its members may not have the resources to facilitate what would effectively be an audit by NISO/NISG should visiting the organisation be part of the adjudication process.
Does the safety award process include a site visit to audit what has been documented in the submission?
No. The adjudicators spend the whole summer evaluating the submissions. The resources that would be required in terms of time to visit the sites and evaluate them would significantly increase the entry fee and reduce available time for adjudication.
Why did I not win the Supreme Award?
The awards are competitive in nature. Even an improved entry may not result in a better award if the competition is also improving. The opposite also applies.
Can I win two awards with one entry?
No, you can only win one award from one entry. You will be allocated the highest award automatically, for example, if you have been awarded the best marks within a region but you are also are in line for a President’s Award. You will automatically be awarded the Presidents Awards as it is deemed to be a higher award.
If I am successful in winning an Award, when will I be notified?
As the adjudication process is lengthy, it is normally the end of August / start of September before organisations are notified. There may be some variations around this date from year to year. The date will also be linked to the date of the Safety Awards Presentation Ceremony dinner.