Q: What is BRIDGE?
Q: Who is BRIDGE for?
Q: What happens at a BRIDGE workshop?
Q: Is BRIDGE a formal qualification?
Q: What are the rules of BRIDGE?
BRIDGE is a partnership. This partnership gives strength to BRIDGE, but at the same time it brings with it some obligations for the implementers of BRIDGE.
The rules and guidelines of BRIDGE are designed to ensure its integrity as well as continuing to maintain the synergy between the BRIDGE partners and other BRIDGE implementers.
- All BRIDGE activities must be approved by the BRIDGE Partners. Approval is obtained through the BRIDGE Office. Therefore BRIDGE implementers must advise the BRIDGE Office as soon as they can legitimately do so, of forthcoming BRIDGE activities.
- BRIDGE workshops must be conducted by accredited facilitators. The BRIDGE facilitation process has been designed to ensure that facilitators have an adequate understanding of the BRIDGE content and methodologies. This is to ensure quality of outcomes and consistency of approach in the delivery of BRIDGE training.
- BRIDGE must acknowledge the BRIDGE Partners. Part of the strength and credibility of BRIDGE comes from the Partnership, therefore it is important to give due recognition.
- Copyright of the BRIDGE materials must be respected. In this context, it must be emphasised that the translation of materials does not change the underlying intellectual property.
- Any translations of BRIDGE materials must be approved by the BRIDGE Office. Approval is obtained through the BRIDGE Office. Therefore BRIDGE translators must advise the BRIDGE Office before commencing translation work.
- BRIDGE facilitators and implementers must provide additional activities and resources, translations, evaluations and program reports to the BRIDGE website, via the BRIDGE Office. This ensures that lessons are learnt, and that the curriculum is improved on an ongoing basis.
Please note that workshops, programs and translations which are funded or implemented by a BRIDGE Partner or EMB will be automatically approved. Implementers and translators from the BRIDGE Partners or EMBs must still inform the BRIDGE Office, but approval will be assumed in these cases.
Facilitators who do not abide by the BRIDGE rules will be warned, and if they continue to transgress, will have their accreditation status as BRIDGE facilitators removed, which includes their access to the BRIDGE curriculum
Q: How do I arrange for BRIDGE to be run in my country or organisation?
To run a full BRIDGE program, the most effective sequence to follow may be:
- Needs assessment and scoping mission – What is needed? Is BRIDGE able to best meet those needs? How can BRIDGE best be used to meet identified objectives?
- Showcase – familiarise key stakeholders in a country or organisation with the methodology of BRIDGE
- Conduct at least one workshop – preferably the 'Introduction to Election Administration' module
- Train the Facilitator (if required) – build capacity by training local staff to deliver BRIDGE, and take ownership of BRIDGE in your country or organisation
- Module Workshops – conduct a series of customised BRIDGE workshops appropriate for your context and objectives, in a forward-thinking, considered program.
Also refer to the Implementation Manual on the BRIDGE website for detailed information on the development and implementation of a BRIDGE program.
Q: Can BRIDGE be used as operational training?
Q: What are the costs of running a BRIDGE workshop?
The costs of running a BRIDGE workshop will vary depending on context and location. There is no fee to use the BRIDGE curriculum, but it must be delivered by accredited BRIDGE facilitators, and further expenses will relate to the running of the workshop itself.
Possible expenses include:
- Facilitator fees (including time for customisation and preparation)
- Facilitator travel (including transport fares, per diem, accommodation, incidentals)
- Participant costs (including travel, salary)
- Venue hire (including equipment hire, catering)
- Resources and materials (including printing and copying, stationery)
Sample budgets and costs can be found in the Implementation section (password access only) on the website.
Q: I am an individual interested in attending a BRIDGE workshop. How can I arrange this?
BRIDGE is designed to be part of a wider capacity building effort in a given country or region – it is not generally run as an open workshop that anyone can apply for. However, having a varied and international participant pool can add benefit to a BRIDGE module – for this reason, many organisations and countries running BRIDGE are happy to include external participants.
To see if there are any BRIDGE workshops being run that might be appropriate for you, check the BRIDGE website calendar. Calendar listings should provide details of the implementing organisation, should you wish to contact them to see if they have any spaces available for external participants. You may need to fund your own travel and expenses to attend the workshop.
Q: Can I take a BRIDGE workshop online?
Q: Do I have to pay to attend a workshop?
The Partners do not currently support the idea of fee-paying BRIDGE and the convention remains that BRIDGE will not be offered on a fee-paying basis.
Q: What is the difference between a BRIDGE module workshop and a Train the Facilitator (TtF) workshop?
BRIDGE modules are the core of the BRIDGE curriculum. The aim of the modules is professional development in 24 curriculum areas. It is suitable for all stakeholders in the electoral process, from electoral administrators to political contestants, members of the media, academics and others.
The TtF is designed specifically to train BRIDGE facilitators. It does not provide electoral training and information. Nominees for a TtF should have a training background, and be prepared to be involved in a broader BRIDGE program which will deliver the BRIDGE modules.
Q: How do I become a BRIDGE facilitator and what is the process for accreditation?
BRIDGE facilitators are usually identified as part of a greater BRIDGE program, and organisations will look to their own staff or within their networks for potential facilitators. They will be looking for people with the requirements listed below.
If you are not connected with an organisation planning a BRIDGE program, you may still be able to attend a TtF workshop, although these opportunities are rare. TtF workshops being run by other organisations or regions are sometimes open to external participants. Check the BRIDGE website to see what BRIDGE TtF workshops are coming up and contact the organisers to find out if places are available for external participants. You will usually have to pay your own attendance costs. It should also be noted that it is strongly recommended that you attend a BRIDGE module workshop before attending a TtF.
Accreditation to become a BRIDGE Workshop Facilitator involves three steps:
- Participation in a BRIDGE workshop as a participant. This is to familiarise the candidate with the BRIDGE methodology, and to ensure that they know what being a BRIDGE facilitator involves and whether it is definitely a path they want to follow.
- Successful completion of a BRIDGE ‘Train the Facilitator’ workshop. This is a two-week workshop focusing on teaching trainers how to deliver BRIDGE using the BRIDGE methodology.
- Successful completion of sufficient supervised facilitation of BRIDGE workshops in the field, and assessment as competent as a Workshop Facilitator by an Accrediting or Expert Facilitator.
Q: What are the criteria for becoming a BRIDGE facilitator?
Candidates for TtFs are usually required to have the following attributes:
- A background in training
- Experience in electoral administration
- Strategic availability – if you are employed by an agency, will they release you to facilitate?
- Familiarity with BRIDGE (i.e. have attended a BRIDGE workshop already)
Q: Does the BRIDGE Office keep a register of people interested in becoming a facilitator? Can I send my CV in to be kept on record?
Q: What is the recommended salary of a BRIDGE facilitator?
Q: Can I see the BRIDGE curriculum and have access to the workshop materials?
Q: How often is the curriculum updated?
The BRIDGE curriculum files are updated when resources permit. The BRIDGE Office aims to continuously improve the BRIDGE materials. Changes are based on facilitator feedback, so facilitators are encouraged to contact the BRIDGE Office if they have amendments, corrections, additions or other improvements for the curriculum.
Occasionally a focused update is conducted where a curriculum expert is contracted to review or update a specific module.