IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine

IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with financial support USAID, Global Affairs Canada and the UK government conductes a three-day workshop on Electoral training using the BRIDGE curriculum. 

This BRIDGE module was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, and hosted by the joint IFES-CEC Administrative Center for the Training of Election Process Participants.

The event gathered 25 participants (out of which 12 were male and 13 female), including representatives of the CEC Secretatiat and the State Register of Voters, trainers that have experience in organizing and conducting electoral trainings.

The workshop was held in the Ukrainian language and was conducted by workshop-level facilitators Alyona Dolya and semi-accredited facilitators Alyona Sheshenya and Mykhailo Gorkusha.

The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with knowledge and skills on planning and implementing the Electoral Operation Training Program. The workshop engaged participants on the concept of the training cycle; needs assessment procedures; various methodological approaches (such as cascade, simultaneous or mobile team model); logistics and budgeting of the training; operational plan preparation and its coordination with other departments; selection of trainers and development of training materials; monitoring and evaluation of the training program.

Workshop was conducted in interactive way and included lectures and practical exercises in order to increase participants’ knowledge and skills about organizing of holding electoral trainings.

Participants agreed on the importance of a proper planning and organization of trainings in the electoral sphere. Since all training materials are based on the electoral legislation, all participants stressed the need of adapting complex legislative language and developing user-friendly training materials, such as manuals and memos, for members of election commissions.

All sessions were highly interactive and enabled participants to practice all steps of the training cycle. Participants had the opportunity to try themselves in the role of a training organizer during the “Make it happen” session, and developed their skills of planning and implementing training programs.

The ultimate goal of the training was to change participants’ approach to implementing professional operational training programs and to provide them with theoretical and practical knowledge for future work in this sphere.

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