Awareness and reduction of bias and personal preference.
Judges need to be trusted and respected. They need to demonstrate as best they can, that they are free from any bias, which comes in many forms.
Tracking the judges' decisions to ensure quality and fairness.
Judging systems should allow decisions to be tracked and for any
major deviations to be identified and questioned. It is an imperative
that every judge should be fair and therefore also accountable for any
of his or her decisions.
Coherence in terminology and judging.
In the past, judges were chosen based on name or reputation with no
scrutiny or analysis of their judging ability or decision-making
processes. As a result, no uniformity was present in judging. Although
judgments of any performance art or sport is always also a matter of
subjective thought, there should still be some form of unity in what is
valued and the meaning of those values. Some agreed conventions need to
be implemented or the value of judging will be unclear.
This means that training in a consistent ‘base level’ of terms and perspective is necessary to establish an agreed upon and reproducible approach.
Honesty and clarity of assessment for judges, competitors and audience during and after the competition.
The system must be able to provide feedback for the participants and
the audience. By means of a system we can express and evaluate the
performance and thereby have the means to provide detailed feedback.
This enables the performer and the audience to learn what values are
rated and the reasons for judges' decisions. It also allows the judge to
make meta-observations which aids self-reflection and facilitates
development of their judging ability.
Transparency allows for the education of all involved.
Ongoing feedback, assessment and review to improve quality over time.
To develop a mature system and scene attention must be paid to
improving the processes and providing training and support those who
undertake the important duty of judging. As more and more statistics are
collected we hope that we can identify if there are any specific
deficiencies in how judging is done and if any improvement can be made
in the process. Over time perspectives change and this must also be
reflected in any system.
Threefold and Trivium are just a start.