Congratulations and good luck to Trust Challenge applicants! / What criteria will the reviewers be using for evaluation?

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:


  • Do the partnering organizations/institutions create a compelling site of inquiry that engages issues of trust, access, and privacy in significant ways that further connected learning?
  • Does the proposal consider solutions that address technological, institutional/organizational, and social issues of trust, including policies and laws that may affect implementation?
  • Will the solution be developed with significant input from laboratory stakeholders, including parents, educators, and youth to insure successful adoption and implementation?

Connected learning:

  • Is the proposal based on principles of trust, fairness, and equity?
  • Does the proposal and its implementation advance the core values of connected learning in relation to issues of trust, privacy and safety?
  • Is the proposed solution, tool, or policy optimized to encourage trusted peer collaboration, connection with mentors, and real-life learning connected learning experiences?

Diversity, civility, and inclusivity:

  • Does the proposal promote a culture of civility and respect online that recognizes diversity?
  • Are youth encouraged to be responsible creators and stewards of an open, inviting, and egalitarian web?
  • Has the proposal taken into account requisite policies, tools, and other safeguards to encourage respectful, safe, and responsible interactions online that enable deeper and more supportive, trusted engagement among youth?


  • Does the proposal address legal, technological, socio-economic, or physical barriers to participation in learning environments?

Digital, social, and emotional literacies:

  • Will learning content or resources be made available to support the development of digital literacies in youth so that they can access, navigate, contribute to, and understand the web in trustworthy, safe, and privacy-protecting ways?

Control of data

  • Will use of the proposed digital tool allow youth to understand how their data is used by other people, corporations, and governments, and what the consequences of sharing their data can be?
  • Has the proposal made clear how youth will know that their data are safe?
  • Will learners be able to control their own creative work and personal data online?
  • Does the proposal and solution make clear how data are being used, by whom, and to what purpose and with what consequences?
  • Does the tool, platform, or solution communicate to end-users in transparent, user-friendly language how information and data are being collected, stored, and used?


  • Have privacy permissions been considered for different stakeholders?

Scalability and impact

  • Can the proposed solutions be scaled to similar trust environments and serve as exemplar projects?


Solutions should propose open standards and protocols for learning where possible. Does the proposed digital tool or solution:

  • enable learners to easily share their data across different platforms, products, learning networks, and services in informed, safe, and privacy-protecting ways?
  • use truly open standards and require the use of open licensing for data transfer that are accessible, secure, trustworthy, and that allow others to interoperate?
  • include an open protocol that allows secure authorization in a simple, standard method for desktop, web, and mobile applications?
  • allow code to be forked or hacked?
  • create strong mobile transferable and interoperable data standards that others can build on, especially for interaction between social networking and mobile devices?
  • have strong infrastructure security standards to maintain integrity and confidentiality of data transfer and storage?
  • include adequate and accurate documentation?
  • address ADA compliance and provide accessibility to people with visual and motor impairments?
  • detail a well-designed digital tool with attention to visual design and UX / UI?

Communication and implementation plan

  • Does the proposal include a realistic implementation strategy and plan for engaging organizational stakeholders and audiences who will use the tool or solution?
  • Is there a communications plan in place that will allow for transparent documentation of the project development process to foster public engagement and learning opportunities for similar laboratories?

Plan and Budget

  • Is the plan for developing the solution realistic and within the allowable budget?

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