EDITORIAL: R&E is an award winning formula

The 1998 PR Week Awards at Grosvenor House this week attracted a record 666 entries and saw the launch of an important new category of excellence, the Proof Award, for the organisation which demonstrates the most effective use of research and evaluation in both setting its aims and measuring its success.

The 1998 PR Week Awards at Grosvenor House this week attracted a

record 666 entries and saw the launch of an important new category of

excellence, the Proof Award, for the organisation which demonstrates the

most effective use of research and evaluation in both setting its aims

and measuring its success.



Launched as part of PR Week’s high profile Proof campaign, the 1998

Proof Award went to British Airways for its ambitious programme of

ongoing qualitative research which it has used as a platform for

building and developing its employee television service BATV.



The quality of the two commendations and other shortlisted entries in

the Proof category was also very high, with entrants displaying a real

commitment to use of research and evaluation to properly plan campaigns

and tie results back to concrete business and strategic objectives.



The Proof Award is not, however, the sole PR Week award to count

research and evaluation among the key criteria for success.



Overall the entries this year displayed an inspiring level of

creativity, innovation and strategic thinking, but what a significant

number of them failed to produce was concrete evidence of the

effectiveness of campaigns, and proof that campaign objectives had been

met.



The ability to set measurable objectives and a commitment to research

and evaluation remains a prerequisite for increased professionalism of

the PR industry. It is also a key judging criteria across the craft,

campaign, individual and consultancy categories. Entrants who provide

this proof will always stand a greater chance of walking away with a

coveted PR Week gong.



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