Nationally and internationally, peer review is a well-established standard for assessing achievement and merit in the creative and scientific worlds. It is a decision making process used in medical and scientific research, in law, and in education.
Arts Nova Scotia, like all other arts councils in Canada, uses peer review in the assessment of applications it receives in all its granting programs. The peer assessment committee members are selected from a list of qualified artists or arts organizations provided through community consultation. These lists are reviewed annually to ensure broad community representation. Committee composition is sensitive to regional, gender, equity and cultural differences. A different peer assessment committee is appointed for each competition.
Peer assessors are subject to conflict of interest and confidentiality policies. The names of peer assessors are kept confidential until three months after a given grant deadline.