Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is the process for becoming a BRIDGE facilitator?

Accreditation to become a BRIDGE facilitator involves three steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Completion of sufficient supervised facilitation of BRIDGE workshops in the field.

What are the requirements to become 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?

I would like to become a BRIDGE facilitator – how do I go about doing this?

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 above.

If you are not connected with an organisation planning a BRIDGE program, you may still be able to attend a TtF workshop.  TtF workshops being run by other organisations or regions are often 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.




How do I arrange for BRIDGE to be run in my country or organisation?

Once a need for BRIDGE has been identified by an electoral management body, a donor organisation or more than one organisation in partnership with others, contact the BRIDGE Office for relevant information, support and details (

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
  • Modules 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.


When should BRIDGE be conducted?

BRIDGE has been designed to reflect and support the cyclical nature of electoral processes. A strong BRIDGE program includes consideration of the election cycle (please find the electoral cycle diagram in the Implementation section of the BRIDGE website) and operational capability of an Electoral Management Body (EMB) within that cycle.

A BRIDGE program and individual workshops should be designed and conducted in the post election period, based on the findings of a post election review The post-election period is the most appropriate time to implement a capacity development or sustainability plan allowing for a focus on planning and working with core or permanent staff in a way that the operational imperatives of the pre-election period does not permit . A post-election evaluation process can also be used as an opportunity to bring together stakeholders and repair differences by looking forward and seeking to improve the electoral process.


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.


Do I have to pay to attend a workshop?

To date, no BRIDGE participant has been asked to pay tuition fees for attending a BRIDGE workshop. However, funding for facilitators, materials, venue and travel is usually met by the host organisation, a donor or more than one organisation in partnership.


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.

  1. BRIDGE implementers must advise the BRIDGE Office, as soon as they can legitimately do so, of forthcoming BRIDGE activities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 rights.
  5. BRIDGE partners may arrange translation of BRIDGE materials in consultation with the BRIDGE Office. Other individuals and organisations must obtain permission from the BRIDGE Office before undertaking translations.
  6. 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.

What is the difference between a BRIDGE module workshop and a (TtF) Train the Facilitator 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.



Can I see the BRIDGE curriculum?

Normally only BRIDGE facilitators and partners have access to the BRIDGE curriculum. However, if you would like to see a sample of the curriculum and you are not a facilitator or BRIDGE partner, please contact the BRIDGE office explaining why you would like to access the curriculum.


Who has contributed to BRIDGE?

Please see the Acknowledgements page on the BRIDGE website.


Can BRIDGE be used as operational training?

BRIDGE is not in itself operational training, although the methodology can be applied to operational training. The key to BRIDGE is – how its benefits and outcomes are shown to have direct relevance to the client’s activities which includes a sustainability plan.


Can BRIDGE be modified for my country or region?

Experience has shown that BRIDGE programs and workshops are most effective when they are carefully customised to the needs of participants; and this is best achieved by developing and delivering them in partnership with local bodies that can contribute to and drive the customisation process.


How is BRIDGE be used and modified?

BRIDGE is used in various ways:

  • Deliver modules essentially without modifications
  • Shorten or customise versions of modules
  • Combine contents from a number of different modules to develop a workshop to meet specific needs
  • Taken specific activities from modules and incorporated with operational or other training
  • Using the BRIDGE methodology and elements for exercises other than training, such as to facilitate meetings or dialogue, e.g. use elements of the Boundary Delimitation module to reach greater clarity and work towards solutions in a country where delimitation is under review

These approaches can be tailored to enable the use of BRIDGE for local, national, regional or mixed international audiences. Specialised workshops can also be developed for particular target audiences, for example, administrators at a particular level of an organisation or specific stakeholders, such as political party functionaries.


Are there translations of BRIDGE available?

There have already been a number of BRIDGE materials and resources translated and others are in the process of being translated. To view the breakdown of the resources that have been translated, refer to the statistics section of the website.


I would like to translate BRIDGE for my country, how can I do it?

In many cases, the customisation process not only involves adapting the original materials to the broader electoral support program’s objectives but also translating them into a local language. In doing so, a crucial decision must be taken as to whether materials are translated before or after customisation.

You will initially have to complete a ‘Permission to Translate’ form and send it to the BRIDGE Office. This form can be found in the Implementation section of the website.


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.


Can I take a BRIDGE workshop online?

No. BRIDGE is not suitable or available as an online course. The BRIDGE methodology is activity based and highly interactive, and not suitable for online use.


Can I register to the website?

Anyone can register to the website. If you choose to register you will receive the quarterly publication of the ‘BRIDGE Network Newsletter’ and you will be able to post comments to the forum on the website.


How do I get access to the workshop materials?

Access to the curriculum is given to facilitators and occasionally to particular people that one of the partner organisations recommends.


How often is the curriculum updated?

The BRIDGE curriculum files are updated once a year, in September. This regular update process allows the BRIDGE Office to continuously improve the BRIDGE materials. Changes are based on facilitator eedback. Facilitators who are registered on the website are notified of updates by email.



Other questions?

If you have any other questions that aren’t answered in the above list you can either post them to our forum or contact the BRIDGE office directly using the ‘contact us’ section of the website.






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