About the Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for federal employees working on a challenge or prize project. The resources here can help you plan and execute any type of challenge. You will also find information on every phase of your project, from the initial planning to the conclusion. In addition, several case studies are highlighted to provide examples and best practices from successful federal challenges. If you need more hands-on guidance, the Mentor Network can connect you with an experienced challenge practitioner.

The toolkit was developed with the participation of the Federal Challenges & Prizes Community of Practice, an active group of more than 700 challenge practitioners across the federal government. The community includes federal employees along the entire spectrum of experience with prize competitions, from newcomers to seasoned experts, from small agency departments to the White House. The community meets quarterly and communicates regularly via a federal-only listserv to share updates, resources and lessons learned.

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Challenge.gov team will manage the upkeep of the toolkit, which is intended to be a living document. Each new challenge competition offers an opportunity to learn something new. In this spirit, we ask you to consider contributing to the toolkit in the form of resources, case studies and other content. If you have content or other suggestions to improve the toolkit or if you just have questions, please send us an email at team@challenge.gov.