CIPR Excellence Awards judges reinforce measurement best practice

The judges for the ‘Best Use of Research, Planning, Measurement & Evaluation’ Excellence Award have reinforced the CIPR’s commitment to best practice by highlighting the rule that the inclusion of Advertising Value Equivalence (AVEs) in any 2013 CIPR Excellence Awards entry, even if included alongside other valid measurement metrics, will result in a zero score for the research, planning, measurement and evaluation section of the judging process.

Barry Leggetter FCIPR, Executive Director for The International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC), Philip Lynch, Director of Evaluation at Kantar Media, and Sandra Macleod FCIPR, CEO of Echo Research, are the judges for this year’s special award, which is drawn from the winners of the 23 campaign categories.

The Institute has also made the previous member-only Research, Planning and Measurement Toolkit available publicly via download request for all entrants, and have also published a Statement of Best Practice in Measurement and Evaluation to help this year’s entrants in writing their entries.

Sandra Macleod FCIPR, CEO of Echo Research
I'm delighted to see that the public relations industry is gaining in professionalism as it increases in credibility and importance. As judges, we are looking for demonstrable best practice in making communications core to the organisation’s success - impacting attitudes and behaviours. AVEs are truly a thing of the past and no longer relevant at this level.
Sandra Macleod FCIPR, CEO of Echo Research
Measuring the positive impact of our work is a vital part of building the credibility of the public relations profession. Public relations can be measured, but there are no magic bullets and we hope that by awarding a mark of zero for use of AVEs we clearly underline the importance of measuring outcomes linked to organisational objectives.
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