Did you know how important is to choose the correct partners for an efficient project management? Today, JLAG, one of our parters in T4EST proposes 5 suggestions to help you to build up a successful partnership to develop a European project.
1. Build up and connect your project idea within European Tourism Policies.
An initial idea is the seed of any partnership. Depending on the idea you will have to look for the right partners to develop it. However, the first step is to get the whole framework about European Tourism Policies and priorities. It is useful to search and study the European Legislation, the key European players and the most successful tourism projects and initiatives funded by the European Commission.
2. Design your concept note making sure your project delivers long-term benefits
The initial idea (in alignment with the European policies and priorities) usually has to be expressed as a concept note first. The concept note should consider long-term positive impacts and benefits. Therefore, it is a priority to consider well-established partners that can ensure good impacts and long-term benefits, even when the project is finished.
3. Understand who are the key actors and stakeholders for making your project successful
After obtaining a first list of potential partners for developing beyond the concept note, it is necessary to make a full map of stakeholders, including beneficiaries or funding organizations, in order to know how to filter the best potential partners, not only based on their internal establishment, but also according to the other stakeholders. It is crucial also to evaluate the expertise of each potential partner from each other.
4. Make contacts and choose a suitable number of partners for your project
Once we know the most suitable partners to develop our project, it is time to make initial contacts in order to know their interest and availability. The project’s introduction should include covering letter, brief concept note, and expression of interest to be fulfilled by potential partners. The number of partners participating in the project must be selected according to the dimension of the actions foreseen.
5. Assign clear roles and responsibilities since the writing process of your proposal
Normally, each partner has a concrete expertise in a given field of knowledge within project actions. However, it is very important to define clearly also the partner’s role not only based on their expertise but also the role within the project management. The definition of project workpackages with individual responsibles is very useful to develop the project properly.
To be continued…
Next week we will publish the case study of Odyssea, a network with wide experience in building up partnerships for developing European projects.