InfoReady Tech Tips: Nominations and Awards

Introduction

Nominations are often the first step in a variety of award processes, from faculty departmental awards to staff awards to student recognition programs. InfoReady can help automate and streamline your process, regardless of which unit (e.g. Provost, College, Foundation, etc.) is managing the nominations and awards programs. InfoReady will help you collect nominations, organize the documents, assign reviews and approval, send out final award decisions, and even do aggregate reporting for when you are managing multiple nominations and awards programs.

Challenges

  • Nominations often involve one individual submitting materials or a recommendation on behalf of a nominee.

  • Sometimes the nominee needs to be a part of the process, and other times they should not. Nominees are sometimes allowed to nominate themselves as well.


Solutions

  • For nomination processes, we recommend using the General template (Gold/Platinum feature).

  • The General template allows more flexibility on the Requirements page, which is where the nomination form is set up.

  • Integrate the nominee at the point where it makes the most sense for your process and institution. Examples of when you might include the nominee are 1) upon initial submission, 2) during the review process, or 3) with an award notification at the end. InfoReady has functionality to accommodate your needs at any of these stages of the process.

Tips

  • The Details page allows you to both 1) choose the maximum number of nominations an individual can make and 2) identify the maximum number of awardees. The default number for both options is 1. If you need to increase the maximum for either, there are options to set a specific maximum number or even choose unlimited.

  • The default button label for beginning an application is "Apply". Keeping that terminology for a nomination form would likely confuse nominators. Changing the label is easy to do on the Details page and we recommend using "Nominate" as the label instead.

  • First Name and Last Name will be required field. Collecting the nominator info here usually makes the most sense because these fields auto-populate with the first and last name of the person submitting the form. We suggest editing these question labels to be "Nominator First Name" and "Nominator Last Name".

  • If you add the Primary Organization field to the application form, this will also be pre-populated with the organization of the person submitting the form, so you may want to add an additional text field to collect the nominee's organization/unit/department.

  • Title field - *Very important*: This field will populate in the Application Title field on the back end (Data Grid, reports, etc.). Because of this, re-name this field to collect some other valuable info, such as the name(s) of the nominee(s).

  • If you don't use theTitle field to collect the name(s) of the nominee(s), then consider these alternative options:

  • Adding separate text fields to collect the nominee's first and last name and any other relevant information.

  • Re-name the Co-Applicant section to "Nominee(s)" and re-label the fields in this section to collect up to 9 pieces of information about a nominee. (Please note that these fields cannot currently be displayed on the Data Grid.)

  • Notes to Applicant: Use these to provide additional instructions, which show up as pop-up tooltips when the nominator (applicant) clicks on a field that has instructions enabled. If you add the instructions after creating the field, then you can add unlimited text there (even though the field looks small).

  • Reference Letters (if applicable): Customize the instructions and emails to letter writers. Choose how many recommendations are needed and even determine the reference letter deadline. All the applicant will need to do is enter the email address of the people who will be providing letters and then the system will handle communication and collection portion.

  • Notifications: InfoReady allows you to customize email templates in a given opportunity to help personalize communication. Because mail merge tags are used in several email templates, you should make sure the placement of the {applicantName} and {application title} tags make sense in the messages. If not, then we suggest rephrasing the message or removing these mail merge tags from the email templates to avoid potential confusion. The most common email templates you may want to edit are:

  • Your Application Received (Recipient: Applicant/Submitter)

  • Award Application (Applicant)

  • Reject Application (Applicant)

  • Review Request (Reviewer)

  • Multiple Review Request (Reviewer)


Integrating the nominee into the process


Nominees can be brought in at various points in the process. We have identified the 3 most common points and shared a few tips for each below.

  • Upon initial submission - Make sure nominees are copied in the "Add Other Email Addresses for Notifications" section. Any email address added in this section will result in these emails receiving a notification anytime an application update is sent.