Key Success Factor framework


The COP has identified a number of key issues that determine success in supporting partnership. They are organised according to the programme life cycle (see www.esfsourcebook.eu). Clicking on the links will lead to good practice description templates. These good practices can also be accessed directly via the top right navigation or the bottom of the page. Many other good practices are described in the GUIDE.

1. Operational Programme Analysis and Design

1.1 Contextual analysis

Conduct a careful study of your particular country context with identification of key target groups for programmes and clarification of their needs in order to identify major policy areas where partnership solutions can yield added value.

1.2 Promoting an enabling environment

(also click here for a practice from the Czech Republic as well as here for a practice from Greece)

Find ways to reduce barriers to partnership implementation outside ESF Operational Programmes by pressing for positive government policies and supportive legal and administrative frameworks, addressing regulatory issues such as tendering requirements, promoting good cross-sectoral relations and a culture of cooperation, working with intermediary organisations capable of bringing different institutions together, and providing opportunities for increasing partnership skills and expertise.

1.3 Identification of synergies

Make connections to key existing national/regional/local programmes, structures and strategies related to the focus areas of your programme.

1.4 Stakeholder engagement in the analysis and design process

Clearly identify stakeholders and encourage them participate in the analysis, design and writing of the Operational Programme document.

2. Operational Programme Delivery Planning

2.1 Integrating stakeholders into programme procedures

Integrate relevant stakeholders into programme monitoring and decision-making procedures.

2.2 Setting up mechanisms and guidelines for stakeholder involvement

Put procedures and guidelines in place for stakeholder involvement in project planning and implementation processes and ensure that adequate time is dedicated to establishing partnership before delivery.

2.3 Developing partnership support structures (also click here for more)

Use dedicated partnership support structures alongside the programme to provide assistance, resources and advice on partnership coordination, management and development.

3. Calls For and Appraisal Of Proposals

3.1 Supporting incorporation of partnership in project proposals

Provide clear advice and information to project promoters on how to incorporate working in partnership into a proposal.

3.2 Assessing partnership rationale and implementation mechanisms

Rigorously assess the rationale for setting up a partnership and the appropriateness of the proposed implementation mechanism in project proposals so that the partnership is likely to add value and be executed well.

3.3 Drawing upon the expertise of stakeholders in assessing proposals

Ensure that relevant stakeholder expertise is integrated into drawing up calls for, and appraising proposals, while guarding against conflicts of interest.

4. Animation During Implementation

4.1 Providing ongoing support

Give continuous proactive support on working in partnership to projects throughout the different phases of their project cycle.

4.2 Opportunities for capacity-building

Build the capacity of stakeholders to actively participate in programme governance.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation

5.1. Reporting on status of partnership

Pay attention to the status of the partnership so that problems are identified in time and resolved satisfactorily.

5.2 Participatory evaluation

Ensure that there is clear stakeholder participation in evaluation of partnership interventions at both programme and project level.

5.3 Feeding back systematically into practice

Promote and encourage ongoing learning from partnership successes and failures at both programme and project level and ensure that lessons from these are shared.

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