NIPSCF Awards 2019-02-04T21:41:58+00:00

NIPSCF Public Service Communications Excellence Awards 2019

This is the first year that the NIPSCF has run awards to celebrate excellence in public sector communications in Northern Ireland.  In late 2017, the NIPSCF launched its Guide to Modern Public Sector Communications in Northern Ireland.

The Guide is a model for Public Sector Communications in Northern Ireland and aims to set the highest possible standards for communication staff across public sector organisations.

Communications leads signed up to this model to inspire and empower their teams, and to give their organisations the confidence to translate business objectives into communications activity and behavioural outcomes.

There are three categories for the NIPSCF Awards, all aimed at demonstrating excellence in public service communications campaigns in Northern Ireland.

Regardless of budget, discipline, team size or channel we are seeking the best of the best, campaigns that make a real difference. From low/no cost and grassroots community engagement to TV public information campaigns or organisational change communications, excellence is the key.  This is your opportunity to showcase amazing audience insight, creative campaign execution, innovative strategies and partnerships, and smart, insightful evaluation.

A panel of senior public service communications professionals will assess entries against the core principles of the NIPSCF and our Guide: those of common ground, citizen focus and leadership. All entries should showcase at least one of these core tenets of modern public sector communications.

Winners will be announced at a special evening awards event and ceremony to be held 21st March 2019, as the culmination of a Communications Academy to be held in Belfast.

PLEASE NOTE: Entries should be for work which was carried out between 1st April 2017 and 31st January 2019. Closing date is 28th February at 5pm. Late entries will not be accepted.

Just fill in the form below – you can enter as many times as you like. Good luck!

Entry Form

Section 1 – Essential Information

Section 2 – Your entry

2.1 Brief & objectives

What problem did your campaign seek to address? How did your communication objectives relate to your organisation's objectives?
(Maximum 250 words)

2.2 Insights & strategy

Think about planning - what insights and research did you use? What was your strategy? What messages did you use, and did you have any partners in your campaign? Include examples of any behavioural insights, research and data you used.
(Maximum 750 words)

2.3 Campaign rationale

Consider why you made the decisions you did. What were the reasons you decided on the campaign? (Maximum 250 words)

2.4 Tactics & timeline

Consider the tactics you used and outline your implementation plan, resources and timescale.

(Maximum 250 words)

2.5 Evaluation & measurement

Consider the outputs and inputs of the campaign and organisational impact. Explain what the impact of the communications activity was/will be. Focus on outcomes and where possible quantify results.
(Maximum 250 words)

2.6 Budget (This will not be scored)

(Maximum 250 words)

Section 3 - Following the NIPSCF Guide principles

3.1 The NIPSCF Guide principles: Common Ground, Citizen Focus, Leadership

Please use this section to showcase how your work supports the core tenets of the NIPSCF Guide to Modern Public Sector Communications. (Maximum 250 words)

And finally...

Please confirm by ticking the boxes that:

Note - We may be in touch with you before judging to ask for additional supporting evidence. The decision of the selection panel is final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into or feedback given regarding the selection of short-listed nominations or winners.