The Freudenberg Foundation evaluates the quality of the work involved on the basis of the following criteria:

Quality Criteria

1. Paradigmatic relevance:

can the Freudenberg Foundation, with the help of this project, show in an exemplary manner what it wants to achieve as a whole in related thematic fields?

2. Immediate effect:

does the project have particularly high practical utility for the people involved, and can the Foundation and its partners learn meaningful lessons from it?

3. Innovation potential:

does the project provide a pioneering response to an innovatory deficit on the part of governmental/bureaucratic and civil-societal action, and will it get a hearing in the relevant societal environment?

4. Unusual perspectives:

are future opportunities being trialed in a special manner here, and does the pilot project therefore contain a particular potential for progressing the operations of the Foundation and its network?

5. Appropriateness:

does the project stand in an appropriate relationship to the Foundation’s possibilities of action with respect to personnel and finances? Does it have a chance of permanent anchoring and/or dissemination?

6. Efficiency:

can the Foundation achieve relatively meaningful results for a relatively low outlay?

7. Sustainability:

does the project deploy human and natural resources to particularly viable and progress-enhancing effect?

8. A home for committed parties:

does the project offer an open home for committed parties: front-line practitioners, administrators, civil societal and academic protagonists, in the thematic environment involved?

9. Professionalism:

are the persons actively involved so inspiring, competent and principled that the project should be launched or continued for their sake?

10. Costs of withdrawing support:

would the project’s premature termination or cuts in its budget have particularly adverse consequences for all parties involved?