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.