This isn't a technical question per sae, but I was wondering how other organizations evaluate or score qualitative responses.
Having just completed our very first bursary cycle I was struck by how emotional the committees members evaluations were. We all found it incredibly difficult to be scoring one student's financial situation over any of the others and all six of us came to the table with a different top pick.
Our applicants were pretty equal in all other criteria, so it really came down to these stories of financial need. We were able to come to a consensus, but I'm wondering how we can minimize that emotional response and rely on something more concrete.