Reviewing, assessing & graduating an idea

Modified on Thu, 15 Sep 2022 at 11:33 AM

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Solver Innovation Manager

We call the process of progressing through Acclaim Ideas 'Graduation': when you graduate an idea, it becomes a test, ready for testing and validation.

You can find the Graduate button in the top right corner on an idea, cluster, test or option. If it's not showing, you may not have permissions to graduate - please ask your Platform Owner to upgrade your account.


You can either assess an idea on its own, or within a group of ideas that share common features, which is referred to as a Cluster.


Anyone with the appropriate permissions (Innovation Manager, Platform Administrator) can review and assess an idea at any time. This might be triggered by:

  1. Exploring the Ideaboard and finding a specific idea that piques your interest
  2. Searching and filtering the Ideaboard for ideas tagged against specific goals
  3. An idea’s activity score reaching the threshold for review. The more your community views, follows and comments on an idea, the more it accumulates the activity score. Once the activity score reaches a certain level, the idea will be automatically flagged for review to the Innovation Manager (via notification and email)
  4. Investigating a cluster forming around a topic, suggesting that there might be an innovation hotspot.



Step by Step


  1. Start the review. Click the review tab.

  2. Impact assessment. Use the score slider to conduct a rough-cut assessment of the idea against business model viability, technical feasibility and customer desirability. Score 1 for minimal impact and 10 for significant impact.

Preliminary viability assessment on Idea - Review

3. Goal alignment. Use the score slider to assess how well the idea is aligned with your organisation's goals: score 1 for minimal alignment and 10 for significant alignment. If there are subgoals, score these as well - the platform uses the maximum score across all goals in the overall idea score.

Goal assessment panel

You can also choose different goals using the 'Edit the goals' button. 


4. Categorisation. Categorise the idea against Innovation Ambition (the scale of the innovation), Innovation Horizon (the timeframe for the innovation) and Innovation Type (where it impacts, for example, business model or product). These categories are important as they drive the portfolio analysis in Acclaim Ideas - for more details on these, read our guide.

Categorisation boxes for Innovation Ambition and Innovation Type

5. Graduate or Archive. Finally, decide on whether to archive this idea or graduate it for testing. The graduate button should be showing in the top right corner of the page. 

Before you graduate or archive, you can also write a summary of your decision under "Recommendations and Conclusion" (shown below) for future reference. 

Innovation Manager Review panel

6. Where to graduate to. On the next summary screen, you can now choose where to graduate this item to. If you're graduating an idea, you can graduate it to a Test or Project (if your Project Stages have been set). Simply click the arrow next to the Graduate button as shown here: 

A Test can be graduated to an Option or Project.


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