The 30-person scoring panel comprises members of our Montgomery County community that applied to be a reviewer based on our “Call for Reviewers,” which was circulated widely through our network of community partners. Our call for reviewers specified that we were seeking “individuals from across Montgomery County who can bring their experiences to more deeply inform our evaluation process,” and we were pleased to receive 75 applications from a diverse cross-section of our County’s communities. The individuals selected as final panelists are representatives of the various community sectors we sought to include, which are:
- Individuals who identify as an underserved population in the County, such as people who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/ Pacific Islander, people living with disabilities, people living in recovery, people living on low incomes, or other populations that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
- Individuals who have unique insight into community needs, such as those who participate in faith communities, volunteer groups, nonprofits, home and school associations, neighborhood groups, or similar.
Reviewers received training on our submission process and received financial compensation for their work. Though reviewers were not prohibited from submitting project submissions themselves, we established a Conflict of Interest policy so that reviewers were not scoring any proposals they may have participated in submitting.