Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

September 6, 2009

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

ACE Administration and Cost of Elections [Project], formerly the ACE Project, now known as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network (www.aceproject.org). AEC Australian Electoral Commission (www.aec.gov.au). Accreditation The process of becoming an accredited BRIDGE facilitator. There are two steps – 1) becoming semi-accredited by attending a BRIDGE module workshop as a participant and successfully completing a TtF workshop and 2) becoming fully accredited by completing supervised module workshop facilitation in the field. Assessment The process of estimating the value/quality of something before or during a process/event. BRIDGE Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections. Refers to the curriculum (both Versions 1 and 2), the BRIDGE partnership and the BRIDGE network, BRIDGE programs and BRIDGE workshops (www.bridge-project.org) BRIDGE Office Based in Melbourne, Australia at the Australian Electoral Commission, the BRIDGE Office is the central point of information for BRIDGE. The office holds and updates the curriculum, and administers the database of BRIDGE facilitators. BRIDGE Network Individuals and organisations. Past and present BRIDGE partner organisations, BRIDGE office staff, project managers, program developers, facilitators, and workshop participants. There are many email groups keeping former workshop participants in touch with each other. BRIDGE partner committee Representatives from the five BRIDGE partners. They meet annually at a Partner Committee Meeting (formerly the Expert Advisory Group – EAG). BRIDGE partners The five BRIDGE partners – the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International IDEA, International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), UNDP and the UN Electoral Assistance Division. BRIDGE program A customised series of activities (e.g. module workshops, capacity development, skills transfer) to achieve set program objectives. BRIDGE website www.bridge-project.org – the central repository for BRIDGE resources, information and networking. Capacity development A process through which individuals, groups, institutions, organisations and societies enhance their abilities to identify and meet development challenges in a sustainable manner. Client organisation The organisation for which a BRIDGE program is to be conducted. This can include election management bodies (EMBs), civil society groups, political parties, the media, etc. Can also be referred to as a hosting organisation. Customisation The process of adapting the BRIDGE materials to suit the specific needs and objectives of the project, program or workshop, targeting different audiences. EC European Commission. EMB The generic term for an election management body. Evaluation Evaluation – the process of measuring the amount of something during and/or after a process/event. Facilitation Manual The reference manual for BRIDGE facilitators, outlining facilitation techniques and workshop delivery guidelines. Facilitator Someone who helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan to achieve them without taking a particular position in the discussion. The preferred terminology in BRIDGE (as opposed to ‘trainer’). Facilitators Handbook The folder/handbook containing all relevant workshop resources for a BRIDGE facilitator to deliver a specific workshop. Foundation modules The two introductory modules for the BRIDGE curriculum – Introduction to Electoral Systems, and Strategic and Financial Planning. International IDEA International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (www.idea.int). IFES International Foundation for Electoral Systems (www.ifes.org). Implementation Manual This manual. It provides guidance to individuals and organisations responsible for designing, implementing, delivering and evaluating training workshops that use material taken from the BRIDGE curriculum. Implementation Workshop A short workshop designed to support individuals and organisations responsible for designing and setting up BRIDGE programs and workshops. It aims to familiarise participants with what BRIDGE is (its scope and flexibility), and how to best implement it. Implementing organisation A non-BRIDGE partner organisation that runs a BRIDGE Program. Also referred to as ‘implementing partner’. Modules The 23 topics within the curriculum. Workshops can be designed from one, or a combination of several, of the modules. Monitoring The maintenance of regular surveillance of a process/event. Needs Assessment The research and consultation process that precedes a) the decision to run a BRIDGE program, b) the design of the program. Can include a scoping mission. Participants The individuals who participate in BRIDGE workshops as part of their professional development. Participants Handbook The folder/handbook containing all relevant ‘Participants Notes’ documents for a specific workshop, provided to each workshop participant. Regionalisation Strategy to promote and assist the use of BRIDGE in a region, including translation and additional content. Scoping Mission A feasibility study. Showcase A customised workshop that exemplifies BRIDGE content, materials and methodology and which exposes key players and decision makers to relevant aspects of BRIDGE so that they can make an informed choice on its applicability. Thematic group The three themes of the BRIDGE curriculum that each module falls under – Electoral Architecture (structures and design for elections); Working with Electoral Stakeholders (the various interested parties for elections) and Electoral Operations (the ‘how to’ for elections). TtF workshop BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop, which aims to accredit a high-quality group of facilitators for BRIDGE. UNDP United Nations Development Programme (www.undp.org). UNEAD United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (www.un.org/Depts/dpa/ead/). Version 1 The first BRIDGE curriculum, published in 2002, containing 10 modules. Version 2 The updated BRIDGE curriculum, launched in 2008, containing 24 modules categorised into three thematic groups. Workshop A discrete BRIDGE training event. For example, a module workshop, a TtF workshop, an Implementation or Customisation […]

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