To determine nominees for The SHIFT Awards, SHIFT researchers identify individuals, organizations or initiatives from around the country that help advance and promote the health benefits of time outside in the following categories: Non-Profit Leadership, Business Leadership, Public Land-Management Innovation, Technology, Youth Engagement, Research and Health and Nature Champion.
SHIFT then evaluates each initiative, organization or individual according to the following criteria.
Environmental Impact: Does this initiative help meet the environmental challenges and goals of the community it seeks to serve?(Weight=2)
Community Impact: Does this initiative help meet the public health challenges and goals of the community it seeks to serve? (Weight=2)
Economic Impact: Does this initiative enhance the economic health of the community it seeks to serve? (Weight=1)
Success to Date: Has the initiative achieved measurable success in the challenges it seeks to address? (Weight=2)
Innovation: Is this a new approach to the challenges facing the nominee seeks to address? (Weight=2)
Replicability: Is the initiative replicable—on other scales, in other regions, for other challenges? (Weight=2)
Does the initiative help advance and promote the health benefits of time outside? (Weight=2)
Does the work enhance access to outdoor recreation, green space or nature for underserved communities? (Weight=2)
1 = Not at all
10 = Completely
Total = Sum (Ratings x Weight)
In addition to receiving SHIFT Awards, winners are invited to participate in the annual SHIFT SUMMIT, which showcases on-the-ground work that is successfully meeting challenges at the nexus of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health in communities around the country.