At MIMUN, we are proud to depart from the awards formula used by many other conferences. MUNDO programs stress realistic portrayal, political skill, and delegate presentation rather than solely resolution writing and passage, and our awards policy is designed to reflect this.
Committee awards consist of, in ascending order: Honorable Mention, Outstanding Delegate, and Best Delegate.
Five Key Areas of Evaluation
• Accuracy of Policy – Dais staff will be monitoring political and representational accuracy of delegates. This includes rhetoric in speeches and documents, as well as in caucusing and bloc formation;
• Rhetorical Skill – The ability of a delegation to relay the message of their country's policy in the correct terms, as well as the manipulation of dialogue to persuade other delegates toward their position;
• Substantive Development – The ability of a delegation to develop substantive documents (e.g. working papers, resolutions, amendments) with the proper structure, grammar, skill and context;
• Procedural Manipulation – The ability to manipulate the rules of procedure and institutional legality to the advantage of your country and its policies;
• Cross Simulation Articulation – The ability to work across committee lines to create political leverage, using the press as part of public policy, etc.
Awards themselves are determined by wholistic combination of these five attributes. We feel that these areas include the best that Model UN represents. Member States large and small, involved and distant, all have advantages in different areas of these criteria. Our staff are trained to evenly apply this policy.
While those states involved directly in a topic may have an easier time articulating their policy, their policy tasks are much more difficult to achieve. For example, we do not expect North Korea to pass a resolution on nuclear weapons testing, as that would be impossible without many Member states being out of character. By the same token, we do not expect strong rhetoric from Sweden, but rather a level of persuasiveness and conflict resolution.
Once committee awards have been determined, first, second, and third place overall delegation awards are presented. Delegation awards are calculated by adding the point values of each country's individual committee awards, weighted by committee size, and dividing them by the number of positions represented.
Awards from Cabinet positions, or other positions that are not part of a "country delegation," will be added to the school's highest scoring country.
Since a single school may represent several different countries, these overall awards are presented by national delegation instead of by school in order to better meet the educational goals of the conference.