EU PCM: CiSEP Fellows create stories for their projects

EU Project Cycle Management is a complex issue, starting from programming and project identi­fi­cation via formu­lation to monitoring and evalu­ation. In the third workshop of our training series on PCM, taking place from 18–20 June in Dnipro, we proceeded from identi­fi­cation to formu­lation and learned how to transform objec­tives, results and indicators into project stories.

Our common objective was to be able to handle the text elements of EU project appli­ca­tions. We did not only aim at under­standing the structure of concept notes and full appli­cation forms, but strived towards writing clear and appealing texts.

In order to achieve these objec­tives, the trainers guided our fellows step by step through the forms. They shared their vast experience and gave a lot of hints and tips. First and foremost: Read the guide­lines!

Our fellows wrote their own text elements in practical workshop sessions. After­wards, they self-assessed their work by stepping into the role of their scruti­nizers. By simulating an evalu­ation committee meeting, it became firstly clear why the appli­cation procedure takes so much time. Secondly and more impor­tantly, everyone realized that a well-struc­tured and ‑formu­lated appli­cation is essential to be considered for funding.

The workshop took place in the framework of our CiSEP Level C Train-the-trainer program on EU Project Cycle Management. The training group will tackle the next step “monitoring and evalu­ation” from 23–26 July in Chernihiv.

CiSEP is imple­mented by Institut für Europäische Politik in cooper­ation with the Dnipro organ­i­sation of the Public Chamber of Ukraine and Polissya Foundation for Regional and Inter­na­tional Studies. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.