The judging is a rigorous process including pre-scoring to determine long lists, visit sites, second round anonymous visits for the shortlisted and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide winners.
A review committee of the judging panel will assess all applications based on the selection criteria and longlist the applicants.
Each applicant on the longlist will receive a visit from a member of the judging panel in Summer/beginning of Autumn. The visit will involve consultation with members of the governing body or decision-making group and a tour through the museum, for a more personalized contact and direct approach to its public quality.
Following the site visits the judges write reports on the basis of which short-lists are made. The museums that are shortlisted for one of the Main Awards (EMYA or Council of Europe Museum Prize) will receive an anonymous visit from a member of the judging panel.
The judging panel reconvenes in November to review, present and discuss the site visits and decide on the nominations, special commendations and main Awards winners.
During the EMYA Judging panel meeting, representatives of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will join the panel to review the recommendations of the Panel for the Council of Europe Prize. The top three recommendations will be decided upon. The Committee reviews this shortlist and announces the winner of the Council of Europe Prize in December.
All the applicants for the EMYA receive a letter in January to let them know whether they are nominated. The nominees are invited to join the Award Ceremony in Springtime where the winners will be announced at the Grand Awards Presentation Event.