The experience of running BRIDGE programs has confirmed that achieving the best possible outcomes requires extensive consultation, detailed planning, meticulous preparation, systematic implementation with an eye to sustainability, and careful evaluation. This manual has been designed to address these factors. The manual also provides an historical background to BRIDGE and its materials, values and philosophy.
This manual is not designed to be read from cover to cover, but rather is a reference tool for BRIDGE partners and BRIDGE implementing organisations. Some chapters contain step by step detail – for example in preparing a scoping mission, a project document, or choosing a workshop venue – which are primarily relevant to the team embarking on the tasks. Other chapters have a more reflective bent, discussing good practice, BRIDGE’s fit in capacity development programs, and the electoral cycle, for example. Each chapter opens with a box describing the main content, but also who the chapter is most relevant for, whether it be BRIDGE partner focal persons, program managers, or administrators.
The manual can also be a useful resource for facilitators, both when they are planning to conduct BRIDGE workshops and during the training process. It serves to introduce facilitators to BRIDGE, and their important role within the project.
The first section introduces BRIDGE as a professional development tool and as a valuable part of electoral assistance programming. The following sections basically follow the chronology ‘before the program’, ‘during the program’ and ‘after the program’, containing chapters on needs assessment, program design, preparation and running of the BRIDGE workshops, evaluation and specific sustainability issues such as facilitator resources and recordkeeping. Each chapter contains sections which ‘focus on’ particular cross cutting themes or issues such as translation and regionalisation.
Additional reference material is available in two areas:
The Annexes: At the end of the Implementation Manual are annexes, referred to throughout the manual itself. Each annex is a reference document to assist understanding of various implementation issues.
The Toolkit: The Toolkit is available on the BRIDGE website (www.bridge-project.org), as well as in hard copy format (request from the BRIDGE Office). The toolkit contains useful implementation resources such as checklists, templates and pro forma. References to toolkit materials are marked with a