Over one hundred Slingshot Guide evaluators from across the country reviewed applications from organizations and projects seeking to be listed in the 2018 edition.
Applications open for the upcoming year’s guide in early fall. Organizations and projects that serve a North American audience and have been in existence for a minimum of one year are eligible to apply.
Organizations were invited to apply in one of three categories: start-up, mezzanine, or legacy, based on their organizational life stage.
Each application is read by multiple evaluators, including one who is familiar with the organization’s sector and one who is not. The mix of perspectives gives a well-balanced review. Applicants are evaluated on four selection criteria.
Slingshot staff review qualitative and quantitative evaluation data for each organization. This data determines the final list of 50 organizations to be featured in the guide.
Profiles highlighting each organization’s activities and innovation(s) are written. Slingshot writers seek to capture the unique character of each organization and present its creativity.
The guide is published and released widely.