Evaluation rubrics are a key aspect in the integrity and effectiveness of the IDEC Abstract Review process. But they are a tool to those submitted an abstract just as they are a tool for the Reviewers. Those submitting for a Fall Symposium should consider the rubric when they are building the abstract in order to ensure alignment with the content and the evaluation criteria.


The abstract topic is relevant to the discipline of interior design.
0 = no relevance; 5 = significant relevance to interior design


The author clearly defines the question/problem explored.
0 = problem is not stated; 5 = problem is relevant and exceptionally articulated


The author clearly places the research problem (questions) within a context supported by other works, literature or precedents.
0 = no context provided; 5 = context is appropriate and relevant


The abstract presents quantitative and/or qualitative methods, an approach, or position to the project.
0 = method, position, or approach is missing or inappropriate; 5 = method, position, or approach is appropriate and exceptionally articulated


Investigation’s conclusions or argument are highlighted. Work may be in progress.
0 = conclusions or argument are missing; 3 = preliminary conclusions are presented; 5 = conclusions or argument are meaningful


The study fosters an opportunity for exchange through a strong visual communication of ideas.
0 = no engagement for viewers; 5 = strong engagement for viewers

In addition to the categories above, the reviewer is asked to make a recommendation regarding acceptance.