Greatest Glasgow Research

VPP+™ Validation Premium Process

“We do not seek perfection but excellence, and, moreover, with the second you are closer to the first”.

The Awards process enables a multidisciplinary team to seek, find and reward the best items of Greater Glasgow in different categories, through an impartial, unbiased and objective professional method called VPP+™.

The Validation Premium Process is a systematic, comprehensive and intelligent model that started to be developed in late 2014 by a group of mathematicians, researchers and scientific experts in methodology, seeking to professionalise and standardise the pursuit of excellence in any set of similar elements.

The VPP+™ protocol is a closed-loop system consisting of 10 major stages, starting from the search of the best items that meet the inclusion criteria for each of our categories, and ending with a list of the best items of each category sorted by excellence.

This process involves weeks of a multidisciplinary team’s work that investigates thoroughly Greater Glasgow area and related information to ensure that the best items’ contribution to the excellence of Glasgow is recognized.

See below detailed information on the application of the VPP+™ protocol that will be used for each Awards category.

VPP+™ Flowchart

A.  Topic of the research.

A multidisciplinary team will be established for every project. It will select the topic of the next investigation, based on a) suggestions by the general public and b) our local experts in Glasgow life and culture, prioritising the most relevant ones using the following topic prioritisation criteria:

  • Relevant to the people of Glasgow.
  • Added value.
  • Innovation.
  • Viability.

You can suggest a topic to be analysed by our team. You would need to complete a form available here to help us select the most interesting topics.

B.  Scope of the research & Essential inclusion criteria.

The multidisciplinary team, with input from our information analysts team, will detail the scope of the research topic, developing the inclusion criteria that should be met by each one of the items of the investigation.

The inclusion criteria should provide information on what/ who, where, when and how the items of the category should be.

C. Premium+ and Premium Validation criteria.

The multidisciplinary team, with input from our information analysts team, and our local experts in Glasgow life and culture, will develop the criteria that will be used to sort them in order of excellence. These are called Premium+ and Premium Validation criteria.

  • The Premium+ Validation criteria are the most relevant ones. They will be used to choose the best 10 items of each investigation in order of excellence.
  • The Premium Validation criteria are less relevant. This will enable them to select the best 10 items of the process.

The Validation criteria description should describe how they should be used to determine the relative importance of each item in order of excellence (e.g. providing numerical values; excluding items that do not meet important criteria).

D.  Items search.

The multidisciplinary team, with input from our information analysts team and local experts in Glasgow life and culture, will investigate thoroughly Greater Glasgow area. They will also search for additional information in other sources such as the Internet, public surveys, newspapers, books, local registers or libraries to identify all items that could meet the inclusion criteria for each investigation.

The inclusion criteria will be used to develop a systematic boolean search (what/ who, where, when, how) in multiple databases that will ensure that all existing eligible items are identified by our team.

E.  Items included in the investigation.

The multidisciplinary team, with input from our information analysts team, will review the available information about each one of the items that were eligible at the previous stage, and will select those that meet all of the inclusion criteria.

Additional information relevant to each one of the selected items will be sourced and summarised to be used in the next steps of the process. This will include all relevant information related to the Premium+ and Premium Validation criteria.

F. Premium+ Validation criteria.

Our information analysts, together with our local experts in Glasgow life and culture, will review each of the items of the category using the Premium+ Validation criteria.

This will enable them to select the best 10 items of the investigation.

G.  Premium Validation criteria.

Our information analysts, together with our local experts in Glasgow life and culture, will review each of the items of the category using the Premium+ Validation criteria.

This will enable them to rank the best 10 items of the investigation in order of excellence.

H. External expert review.

This process and its results will be reviewed by at least one external expert to ensure that all steps have been followed as appropriate, all relevant items have been analysed, and the process to rank them in order of excellence is impartial, unbiased and objective.

You can be one of our External Experts. You would need to complete a form available here to help us select the best experts for each topic. Please note that you would need to provide a declaration of interests to ensure that each analysis is objective.

I.  Publication.

A list with the best items will be produced. The Greatest Glasgow Awards will announce the Winners, recognizing their contribution to the excellence of Glasgow.

A summary with relevant information related to the category will be freely available online, including, as a minimum:

  • Name and description of the category.
  • Inclusion criteria.
  • Premium and Premium+ validation criteria.
  • List of items sorted in order of excellence.
  • Additional relevant information about the items of the category (photos, addresses, interesting features, history, etc.).

J. Annual Update.

Every year, each category will be fully reviewed using the same method for each stage of the process. Our information analysts and external experts will ensure that:

  • The category continues to be relevant to the culture of Glasgow, provides added value and innovation and is viable.
  • All new items are included in the category.
  • The Inclusion criteria are relevant and updated.
  • The Premium and Premium+ validation criteria are relevant and updated.
  • The items are sorted in order of excellence with the updated version of the criteria.
  • All additional information of the best items of the category will be included.

This information will be published and available once updated.