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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2021: A note on COVID-19 as an influencing factor on your entry

We want you to have the best chance of putting your best case studies forward, so ahead of our 2021 call for entries for the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards, we’ve updated the rules to give you more flexibility and allow for the impact Covid-19 may have had on your projects or performance measurement.

To be eligible to enter the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards this year, entries must contain some evidence collated after 1 June 2018. You can include data from any time before this date, so long as some has been collected after.

There is no requirement to use any data from 2020. Proving effectiveness takes time, and more data will help to build a stronger case study. This means that depending on the individual circumstances of your entry and the data you have available, you can decide whether to include data affected by COVID-19 or not. This will be unique to each entry, and a decision to consider individually. If you’d like to speak to someone about the circumstances of your case and what data to include, please email

The DBA ensures that all judges are fully briefed on how to consider factors that may have influenced an entry either positively or negatively, and the DBA will ensure, as always, that all entries are judged consistently against the criteria for design effectiveness.

Download the entry pack for full details on how to enter.

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