Our Courses

Our Courses

The ECORYS Academy provides training courses on policy research related skills, methodologies and tools. After completion of an open course, the participant will receive an official ECORYS Academy certificate.

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Cost Benefit Analyses

Cost Benefit Analyses
Training Cost Benefit Analysis for Transport Projects
Introduction This training gives an introduction in Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) according to the Guidelines of European Commission (or for Netherlands OEI Guidelines). Cost Benefit Analysis is an approach to quantify all potential impacts of projects on society and is required for EU major project applications and in the Netherlands as well for major transport projects.
The training is very relevant for staff working in Departments in Ministries of Transport responsible for policy and project preparation and/or for intermediate bodies or beneficiaries (rail or road agencies, port authorities) responsible for project preparation and implementation. The training includes working with real project examples, case studies in the fields of rail, roads, ports etc.ECORYS’ expertise ECORYS has developed CBA Transport courses for Ministries and implementing agencies in the Netherlands, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slowakia and Croatia and implements a CBA course as part of a general course on EU Funds Management for EVD Cross Agency every year.
Subjects
  • Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis and Guidelines of European Commission for CBA (or OEİ Guidelines for the Netherlands)
  • Defining project alternatives and the baseline
  • Feasibility: traffic forecasting
  • Cost Estimation and Financing of projects
  • Financial Analysis of projects
  • Economic Analysis of projects
  • EU Grant calculation
  • Risk and sensitivity analysis
  • Management of CBA studies and quality assurance
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage and perform quality assurance of CBA studies.
Gains After completion of this training, participantswill have increased their knowledge and skills to manage and perform quality assurance of CBA studies.
Duration Minimum 2 days, maximum 5 days. For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible, such as for cost estimation and financing, feasibility study and economic analysis.
Cost Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us.
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.
Training Cost Benefit Analysis for Urban or Rural development: Area Development Projects (such as housing, offices, ports and business parks, nature, water, recreation and leisure facilities and railway station area development projects).
Introduction

This training gives an introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) according to the Guidelines of European Commission (or for Netherlands OEI Guidelines). Cost Benefit Analysis is an approach to quantify all potential impacts of projects on society and is required for EU major projects applications and in the Netherlands as well for major projects(such as development of Almere, Zuidas, Maasvlakte 2 projects etc).
The training is very relevant for staff working in Departments in Ministries of Housing and Spatial Planning, or Urban and Regional Development responsible for policy and project preparation and/or for provinces, regions, municipalities, NGOs) responsible for project preparation and implementation.
The training includes working with real project examples, case studies in the fields of real estate development, station area development, nature, recreation and water projects etc.

ECORYS’ expertiseECORYS has developed CBA courses for Ministries and implementing agencies in the Netherlands (Ministerie van VROM), Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slowakia and Croatia and implements a CBA course as part of a general course on EU Funds and IPA Funds Management for EVD Cross Agency every year.

Subjects
  • Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis and Guidelines of European Commission for CBA (or OEİ Guidelines for the Netherlands)
  • Defining project alternatives and the baseline
  • Feasibility: demand for real estate, recreational facilities or traffic forecasting
  • Cost Estimation and Financing of projects
  • Financial Analysis of projects
  • Economic Analysis of projects
  • EU Grant calculation
  • Risk and sensitivity analysis
  • Management of CBA studies and quality assurance
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage and perform quality assurance of CBA studies.
Gains After completion of this training, participants will have increased their knowledge and skills to manage and perform quality assurance of CBA studies.
Duration Minimum 2 days, maximum 5 days. For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible, such as for cost estimation and financing, feasibility ftudy and economic analysis.
Cost Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.
Training Cost Benefit Analysis for Environment Projects (waste, drinking water, waste water, air quality and / or energy projects)
Introduction

This training gives an introduction in Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) according to the Guidelines of European Commission (or for Netherlands OEI Guidelines). Cost Benefit Analysis is an approach to quantify all potential impacts of projects on society and is required for EU major projects applications and in the Netherlands as well for major envitronmental projects (such as landfills, waste water treatment plants, energy projects etc).
The training is very relevant for staff working in Departments in Ministries of Environment, Energy or Regional Development responsible for policy and project preparation and/or for intermediate bodies or beneficiaries (water or waste unions, municipalities, NGOs) responsible for project preparation and implementation.
The training includes working with real project examples, case studies in the fields of waste water, drinking water, waste, air quality etc.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has developed CBA Environment courses for Ministries and implementing agencies in the Netherlands, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slowakia and Croatia and implements a CBA course as part of a general course on EU Funds and IPA Funds Management  for Environment  for EVD Cross Agency every year.

Subjects
  • Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis and Guidelines of European Commission for CBA (or OEİ Guidelines for the Netherlands)
  • Defining project alternatives and the baseline
  • Feasibility: waste, water or emission forecasting
  • Cost Estimation and Financing of projects
  • Financial Analysis of projects
  • Economic Analysis of projects
  • EU Grant calculation
  • Risk and sensitivity analysis
  • Management of CBA studies and quality assurance
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage and perform quality assurance of CBA studies.
Gains After completion of this training course, participants will have Increased their knowledge and skills to manage and perform quality assurance of CBA studies.
Duration Minimum 2 days, maximum 5 days. For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible, such as for cost estimation and financing, feasibility study and economic analysis.
Cost Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please
contact us
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation
Training Introduction to evaluation
Introduction

Evaluations of past and future initiatives are among the most powerful instruments available to policy makers. Therefore, responsible evaluation requires solid methodological knowledge, rigour, creativity and a good dose of political and management skills. The ECORYS Evaluation Training Course is designed as a versatile multi-layered set of modules, which can be easily adapted to various contexts and audiences.

ECORYS’ expertise
Almost half of ECORYS’s turnover comes from monitoring and evaluation assignments in all of its thematic fields of expertise. Our experience in the field is therefore varied and solid. Practice is reinforced by good theoretical grounding and (academic) research, as illustrated by the recent report on bridging the gap between evaluation theory and practice. ECORYS has a long standing reputation of sound methodological innovation, and the field of M&E is no exception. Our experts are often asked to give lectures on a host of related subjects, such as a recent exposé on the trends and specificities of Evaluation in the Netherlands at a conference of the International Evaluation Research Group.

Subjects
  1. Current trends in evaluation: Designed as an introductory lecture to be dispensed by top-level academics or professional evaluators, this module aims to familiarize students with the latest trends in evaluation. What sort of evaluations do clients require? What is the overall level of knowledge of the larger policy making community in the field? What sort of expectations do clients have from evaluation consultants?
  2.  Key concepts and evaluation methods: This highly interactive module is designed to provide students with the basic tools of evaluation. The most common evaluation criteria are explained, as are various data collection and analysis methods.  Students are guided step by step through the various phases of designing an evaluation from developing indicators to presenting conclusions and recommendations.
  3.  Managing an evaluation: This module is aimed at raising the awareness of students about the very important management and political aspects of the evaluation process. It highlights the most common risks of conducting an evaluation and draws on the student experience to put forward possible solutions to evaluators’ dilemmas.
    This course focuses on and uses examples linked to ex-post evaluation
Aim The aim of this course is to familiarize participants with the most important methodological and management aspects linked to carrying out professional evaluation assignments.
Duration This is designed as an interactive day-long course, but can also be offered as a more theoretical half day course
Cost For more information, please contact us.
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training).
Training SF Monitoring and Evaluation
Introduction

Monitoring: Monitoring is a continuous process carried out during the whole life cycle of a programme. Monitoring a programme requires continually examining the delivery of concrete programme outputs to intended beneficiaries. It is a tool that provides management information as well as information on the effectiveness of the programme. Monitoring is more than just data collection to see whether the objectives are met. It is a tool for active management of the programme on different levels.

Evaluation: During the session you will be introduced to the main concepts of evaluations, the organisation of the evaluation process and the use of the results. We will deal with issues such as how to contract evaluation, quality control and the use of Steering Groups and experts.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has provided numerous training sessions in this field, especially for New Member States and candidate countries.The trainer has hands on experience in both monitoring and evaluation.

Subjects

Monitoring:

  • The general concepts of monitoring
  • The relationship of several levels of monitoring
  • The organisation of monitoring and the division of responsibilities
  • Corrective actions
  • How to monitor projects: relationship with beneficiaries
  • Problems and problem solving
  • Practical examples

Evaluation:

  • Main concepts and requirements of evaluation
  • The use and interpretation of evaluation results for management of the programme
  • Use of evaluations in practice
  • Organisation and procurement of evaluation assignments

Aim The aim of this training module is to get deeper knowledge on the purpose, concepts, use of monitoring data and the data collection and management. For evaluation,  the participants will be familiar with the main requirements concerning evaluation of Structural Funds programmes,  how to implement these in practice and how to strategically use the evaluation results.
Gains

After successful completion of the monitoring part of this training module, will have increased their knowledge on:

  • The main monitoring concepts
  • The different levels of monitoring
  • The (potential) use of monitoring data
  • How to use a monitoring system
  • Be able to organise the monitoring process
  • What management decisions (corrective actions) on which levels have to be made

After successful completion of the evaluation part of this training module, will:

  • Be familiar with the main concepts of evaluation in a SF programme environment
  • Be able to use and interpret evaluation for management of the programme
  • Have familiarised themselves with the main concepts of evaluation and how evaluations are used in practice
  • Be able to organise evaluation assignments

Duration Monitoring 0,5 day
Evaluation 0,5 day
Cost For more information, please contact us.
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training) with exercises.

Impact Assessment

Impact Assessment

Training Quantitative Impact Assessment for EU Policy
Introduction

The training will provide an overview and more technical aspects of quantitative impact assessment methods. The training approach is based on sharing experiences and knowledge between participants and impact assessment experts and on practical aspects such as case study analysis and methodological presentation  of chosen assessment techniques.

Subjects
  • EU SIA policy and requests for quantification
  • Problems and obstacles regarding quantification identified by participants
  • Four-step approach to Quantitative Sustainable Impact Assessment (QSIA) modeling
  • Practicing with the acquired and discussed concepts
  • Presentation of case work in front of the ‘Quantitative Impact Assessment Board’
Aim The aim of this training is to provide knowledge on the range of quantitative impact assessment techniques and on how to proceed for the right qualification technique selection. The training also aims at sharing views, experience challenges between participants and experts.
Gains

After completing this training, participants wil:

  • Have learnt and worked with a structured approach to selection and choice of quantitative impact assessment techniques;
  • Have an overview of many existing techniques and models for quantitative impact assessment;
  • Have shared information about problems, challenges regarding quantification of impacts and shared these with impact assessment experts;
  • Have presented cases on working with impact assessment methodologies and defended them in front of a panel of experts.
Duration 2 and 1 half days
Cost For more information, please contact us.
Training type Tailor made course.
Interactive training course combining lecture, coached sessions, practical exercises and role play discussions.

Public Finance Management

Public Finance Management
Training Public Finance Management
Introduction

Training on Public Finance Management (PFM) offers insights in the main concepts of PFM such as the budget cycle, institutions of budget management, multi-annual budgeting, external audit, accountability and corruption, and diagnostic PFM tools that are being used by the World Bank, European Commission, bilateral donors and country governments to assess the quality of PFM systems of countries.

ECORYS’ expertise
Our PFM trainings are conducted by experienced ECORYS staff members who have extensive knowledge on the content of PFM as well as large training experience. ECORYS has significant experience of supporting public finance management reform and capacity building processes in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and in developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. These PFM reform projects often include large training components. Moreover, it has provided us with hands-on experience with budget management in practice. Various staff members of ECORYS have also previous hands-on work experience in budget management in the Netherlands (at the Ministry of Finance, Line Ministries, Court of Audit etc.). In addition, we have conducted several studies in the area of PFM over the last couple of years (for instance for the European Commission). 

In addition to having large expertise on the content of PFM, ECORYS staff members have extensive training experience. Besides training in the context of PFM reform projects, ECORYS is providing PFM training courses to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to other governments and bilateral donors. ECORYS is implementing the Public Finance Management Support Programme for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which started in 2003 and will run to 2010. Within this programme ECORYS provides training and on-the-job coaching in the area of PFM to staff of 25 Netherlands Embassies in Africa, Asia, Latin-America and Eastern Europe. The training courses are well appreciated by our client. In addition to the activities at the Embassies, PFM Introduction Courses are given to headquarter staff working in the Hague, which also have received high ratings from the participants.

ECORYS has also provided various PFM training courses to other bilateral donors, including Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Austria. In addition, a PFM E-learning course has been developed and facilitated for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The E-learning course has been highly valued by the participants. More recently, combinations of E-learning and classroom-based training (blended learning) have been offered to several donors.

Subjects
  • Budget cycle and institutions of budget management
  • Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)
  • Performance budgeting
  • Internal and external audit
  • Fiscal decentralisation
  • Debt management
  • Taxation
  • Accountability and corruption
  • Gender budgeting
  • Budgeting in sectors (e.g. education, health and environment)
  • New aid modalities (e.g. general and sector budget support) 
  • Diagnostic PFM tools such as Public Expenditure Review (PER), Country Financial Accountability Assessment (CFAA) and Public Expenditure & Financial Accountability (PEFA)
Aim The aim of the training is to get a (better) understanding of the concepts of Public Finance Management and how they can be applied in practice. The training is relevant for government officials working in budget management as well as for staff members of (bilateral) donors working at headquarters or embassies in partner countries.
Gains

After the training, the participants should understand the main PFM concepts and tools, and know how to apply these in practice.

Duration
  • PFM Introduction Course: 2 days
  • Advanced PFM training on selected topics: 0.5 – 1 day per subject
Cost Details can be provided upon request. For more information, please contact us
Training type Client based training
Lecture (including powerpoint presentation, country-specific examples from practice, interactive exercises such as role plays, and group discussions), e-learning, preferably followed by classroom-based training with more in-depth and country-specific discussion (blended learning).
Training Budget Analysis
Introduction

The training provides an analysis of both budget processes and the budget documentation itself. The focus is on: (i) planning and budget processes at the national and sub-national levels and their linkages; (ii)  execution of plans and budgets and entry points for analysis; (iii) Methods and tools for analysing and monitoring national and subnational budgets.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has provided similar courses during the implementation of large Technical Assistance Projects on Public Finance Management in various countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Latvia, Bulgaria, Slovakia), Russia and in a number of developing countries in Africa. Participants included budget analysts of ministries of finance, financial specialists and sub-national levels of government. Moreover, training has been provided to staff of development partners.

Subjects
  • Public Finance
  • Budgeting
  • Methods and tools for budget analysis
Aim This workshop will enhance the capacity of participants to analyse and understand the budget documentation and the government processes that impact on the allocation and utilisation of resources.
Gains

The learning objectives are:

  • to provide skills and knowledge to understand and analyse the key concepts and processes of budgeting;
  • to increase skills of budget analysts with core and advanced analytical tools and concepts to help them conduct better financial analysis;
  • strengthen skills on how to communicate budgetary analysis to decision makers.
Duration
  • Depending on the scope of the training course: 1 day to 3 days.
Cost Details can be provided upon request. For more information, pleasecontact us
Training type Client based training
Lectures, practical assignments, role play.
Training Performance based budgeting: lessons for budget preparation, budget execution, reporting, auditing
Introduction

Introduction of performance-based budgeting is on the agenda of budget reform in advanced as well as developing and transition countries. This training will provide an overview of the trends in performance-based budgeting and, based on theory and practice, give practical guidelines that should be taken into account in implementing performance-based principles in the budgeting process.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has in depth knowledge of the functioning of performance-based budgeting systems in developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa and the European Institutions based on evaluations that ECORYS has carried out. Furthermore, ECORYS has been involved in the implementation of performance-based budgeting principles in various transition countries. In doing so, ECORYS has built a wide network of experts that have first hand experience in working with performance-based budgeting systems:

  • ECORYS has given trainings on performance-based budgeting for EIPA (European Institute for Public Administration) (high ratings of participants available);
  • ECORYS has given training to senior civil servants of the Polish government in preparing them for the introduction of performance-based budgeting (high ratings of participants available);
  • ECORYS has implemented aspects of performance-based budgeting principles in various transition countries (Russian Federation, Slovakia, Latvia);
  • ECORYS has supported the Office of the Auditor General in South Africa in making an assessment of the performance-based budgeting system in South Africa;
  • ECORYS has supported the municipality of Rotterdam in assessing the performance based framework at municipal level;
  • ECORYS has made an assessment for the European Parliament of the functioning of the performance-based budgeting system operating in the European Commission;
  • ECORYS employs various staff members that have been involved in introducing the performance-based budgeting framework in the Netherlands;
  • ECORYS has a wide network of practitioners that have first hand experience in working with performance-based budgeting systems
Subjects
  • Performance-based budgeting
  • Results oriented budgeting
  • Budget cycle
  • Budget preparation
  • Budget execution
  • Reporting
  • Auditing
Aim The objective of this training is to get a full understanding of the implications of performance-based budgeting systems so that, in implementing such a system, the participant is able to ensure that the positive aspects of the system outshine the potential drawbacks.
Gains

Participants will gain:

  • Knowledge on the theoretical implications of  the concept of performance-based budgeting in the budget cycle; 
  • Insight in the positive and negative experiences of other governments in introducing performance-based budgeting;
  • Specific recommendation in terms of do’s and don’ts that should be taken into account in working with performance-based budgeting in public finance in the context of the EU integration process.
Duration 2,5 days
Cost Details can be provided upon request. For more information, pleasecontact us
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training)
Training Costing / Fiscal Impact Assessment
Introduction

This training is about cost and revenue estimation of policies for decision-making and budgeting purposes. The purpose of the training is to set out practical approaches to identifying and estimating costs and revenues of new policies or extensions of policies, so-called Fiscal Impact Assessment. The training touches upon both procedural and content aspects of Fiscal Impact Assessment.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has significant experience of supporting public finance management reform and capacity building processes in Central and Eastern Europe, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and in developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. We have extensive experience of developing Fiscal Impact Assessment Methodologies. For the Slovak Ministry of Finance we have developed a Fiscal Impact Assessment Methodology, a procedure to compulsory use such Assessments for new draft legislation and a Fiscal Impact Assessment Format. For the Russian Ministry of Finance and line ministries we have developed a detailed cost estimation handbook and associated Guidelines to improve costing in federal ministries and federal agencies. We have provided training workshops to Russian government officials in developing reliable and verifiable cost estimates. In Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Kosovo we have trained Ministry of Finance officials in budget analysis, including the critical analysis of financial and economic cost estimates. In the area of Technical Assistance our in-house experts have costed national strategies (incl. Poverty Reduction Strategies, National Development Plan), sector strategies in various sectors (education, health, culture, transport) and other important legislative proposals.

Subjects
  • Public Finance
  • Public Finance Management
  • Costing
  • Fiscal Impact Assessment

This course is for finance and legal professionals of ministries and other central budget organisations. Participants are expected to have existing experience working on finance issues and a basic familiarity with the budget process and financial terms.  The course may also be appropriate for programme and finance managers of other public organisations who want to ensure their organisation can properly express the potential fiscal impacts of proposals being considered by the Government. The course can also be appropriate for staff of development partners to assess the quality of costings.

Aim This training course will review the process, content and reporting on costing / Fiscal Impact Assessment.  Examples will be provided to illustrate key points. Course participants will be asked to undertake exercises at key intervals to develop a practical ability with the concepts being taught.
Gains

With regard to the costing / Fiscal Impact Assessment (FIA) process, the learning objectives are:

  • Understand the purpose;
  • Be able to describe the different stages of the costing / FIA process;
  • Be able to describe the roles of the various stakeholders;
  • Understand the sequence in conducting costings
  • Appreciate the benefits of early and extensive consultation.

With respect to the content of FIA, the learning objectives are:

  • Have the key principles for assessing cost impacts;
  • Be able to identify the information requirements, including the need to generate supporting details of assumptions and costs;
  • Be able to identify the cost categories of the economic classification that may be affected by the proposal;
  • Understand the difference between fixed, semi-variable and variable costs and their importance in costing of policies;
  • Know how to properly report;
  • Be able to present explanatory material.
Duration Three half-days
Cost Details can be provided upon request. For more information, pleasecontact us
Training type Client based training
Lecture training with practical assignments
Training Tax Policy (and revenue forecasting)
Introduction

Tax policy deals with a combination of economic and legal considerations in designing tax systems that balance the contrasting goals of raising sufficient revenue, ensuring a more equal distribution of resources, and relatively low costs of administration and compliance. This requires a careful analysis of the economic effects of taxation, the incidence of taxes and the administrative problems associated with various tax instruments. 

ECORYS’ expertise
The trainer is senior economist at ECORYS and Associate Professor of Tax Policy at the Center for taxation and governance at Utrecht University. In the past he has worked as an Assistant Professor in fiscal economics at Maastricht University. He has a PhD and an MA in public economics from the University of Groningen. He has advised the governments of Kuwait, Qatar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Uganda and Vietnam on tax policy and revenue forecasting issues and worked on a number of tax related research and consultancy projects. He has wide experience in training both bachelor and master students with varying backgrounds as well as professionals both in the context of university courses as well as in project settings. At the moment he coordinates and teaches tax policy in the tax governance advanced master program at Utrecht University.

Subjects
  • Economic effects of taxation
  • Assessment criteria for tax systems
  • Tax trends
  • Personal income taxation
  • VAT
  • Excises
  • Customs duties
  • Corporate income taxation
  • User charges and fees
  • Taxation of wealth and property
  • Taxation of natural resources
  • Environmental taxation
  • Revenue forecasting
Aim Gain scientific insight and knowledge about tax systems and tax policy; being able to transfer this insight into (practical) applications to ones own and other tax systems. Understanding the tax policy process and the role of various stakeholders (both inside and outside the government).
Gains
  • Fundamental understanding of the trade-off between equity and efficiency in tax systems;
  • Understanding the (economic) costs of taxation
  • Being able to critically assess individual taxes and the tax system as a whole;
  • Have working knowledge of the most important aspects of most taxes (income, consumption, trade, property, resources), both in a domestic and international dimension;
  • Being able to make sound recommendations (to management, politicians, international delegations) with respect to changes in tax policy

Duration The training can take any time between 2 days to 5 or 6 weeks, depending on the target audience and their wishes.
Cost Details can be provided upon request. For more information, please contact us
Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training)

Training Smart and efficient project delivery through Public Private Partnerships
Introduction

Our Public Private Partnerships (PPP) training program offers participants a range of training modules each of which intends to provide specific knowledge and skills for the successful development of PPP. Different modules can be tailored and combined to your needs. So whether you want to know more about developing PPPs from e.g. a policy, financial or sector perspective, our PPP training program can accommodate you.

Who is this course designed for?
Our tailor-made courses are useful for:

  • Officials from national, regional and local public authorities;
  • Private sector stakeholders e.g. attached to the construction, energy, water and waste sector;
  • Officials from financial institutions,
  • Officials from multilateral or bilateral international organizations.
Subjects Why a PPP  training?
With public resources limited and constrained by public debt policies, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) can provide an excellent instrument to meet investment needs through private funding. Although private financing comes at a cost, PPP can enable governments to establish infrastructure ambitions in an effective and efficient manner, while spreading their spending over longer periods of time. Various studies have shown that PPPs are effective in delivering projects on time and within budget. As PPPs are complex, it is important for all stakeholders, both public and private, to acquire up to date understanding and skills.
Aim

Objective
To introduce participants into the principles of PPP and familiarize them with the potential benefits of PPP and approaches to successfully implement PPPs.

Approach
Our modular approach forms the basis of our training offer. Different modules can be tailored and combined to your needs for example in a 1 to 3 week integral PPP training.

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Gains Your benefits
Our courses will enable you to make use of the potential benefits of PPP. For example by demonstrating how to develop your PPP project from start to finish, how to prepare your country’s policy, regulations and institutions for PPP, by discussing in depth issues from a financial, legal or sector perspective, or by displaying the use of specific useful instruments such as financial modelling.

Duration t.b.a.
Cost €1.450 per participant for a three day program excl. VAT, but including all materials, lunches, coffee breaks 
and networking drinks. For more information, please contact us
Training type Open training
Lecture (classroom training) combined with interactive coached 
sessions and practical exercises..

Project and Program management

Project and Program management
Training INTERREG Project Development Training
Introduction

The INTERREG Project Development Training is intended for project applicants wishing to develop a succesful INTERREG project proposal. Participants have the opportunity to work on all stages of proposal preparation, from understanding INTERREG requirements, to writing their proposal and to presenting it successfully.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has been intensively involved in project proposals, implementation and evaluation of INTERREG programmes. In addition we have done research and evaluated numerous Structural Funds programmes which gives us a unique insight into the challenges that these programmes now face. We believe in European cooperation, are committed to bringing interested INTERREG project applicants from all over Europe together and are committed to contributing to the success of these programmes. Quotes from previous participants: 
“You were both great, most probably one of the best trainings I’ve been to if not the best!”
“I was REALLY SATISFIED with the training. You guys rock. You are professional & relaxed at the same time”
“A very good training event, has helped me to comprehend Interreg & met all my expectations.”

Subjects
  • Rules of the INTERREG programmes
  • Logic of project content development
  • Ensure a consistent and convincing proposal
  • Team-building and partnership-building
  • Financial resources
  • Communication and presentation
  • INTERREG language
  • Practical tips and hints
  • Elaborate your own idea
Aim

Increase participant’s chances of success in submitting and implementing INTERREG projects.

Gains The training course will enable participants to strengthen the development of their own project proposal. It will allow them to work on their own proposal and learn at the same time.

Duration  
Cost Open training
€1,250 including 2 lunches, 1 dinner, course material, follow-up service through extranet access.  VAT is not included. For more information, please contact us.  
Training type Open training
Lecture (classroom training) & interactive learning by doing during the training.
Training Programming for Structural Funds and IPA
Introduction

The approach to programming in this training course takes elements from specific IPA/Structural Fund regulations, reports and evaluations as well as from theory and practice of interactive strategic planning in general. IPA/Structural Fund programming is basically a specific case of strategy development in a regional policy context. This module presents the main concepts, ideas and principles involved in developing IPA/Structural Fund programmes. Furthermore, it describes lessons from Member States in terms of programming processes. It is important that programmers pay attention to design the process carefully before embarking on it. This can be done with the help of a ‘programming toolkit’, which will be discussed in the third part of this module.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has been delivering this training for almost 10 years for all New Member States (EU Structural Funds) and candidate countries (IPA), constantly updating the contents according to the latest developments in Structural Funds and IPA. Courses have been organised as stand-alone training on behalf of EVD/CROSS (MTEC Structural Funds/IPA training) in the Netherlands (for 50 participants from New Member States and Candidate countries), in Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia. Furthermore this training was part of several TA-projects in various countries. ECORYS can boast over 700 succesful  trained participants.

Subjects
  • Principles of programming
  • The programming process
  • Programming tools
Aim
  • Know the main Programming principles in a SF/IPA context 
  • Understand the SF/IPA Programming process
  • Be able to apply a number of Programming tools
  • Be acquainted with programming in practice
Gains After completion of this training course, participants will have Increased their know how about programming for Structural Funds and IPA.
Duration From a half day to 1 day 
Cost The price ranges form €2,500 to €5,000 depending on specific wishes and needs. For more information, please contact us
Training type Client based training
This is an Interactive training course which includes lecture, exercises and, examples from practice

Training Workshop Effective Policy/Programme Formulating
Subjects

The main topics of this workshop are:

  • Problem and needs analysis: concepts, context and identifications
  • Logical Framework Approach (LFA) Problem structuring
  • From problems to actions and interventions
Aim
  • This workshop is designed for civil servants, policy makers
    and politicians in the public sector who are professionally
    involved in policy- and programme formulating.
Gains A main combination of theory, practical sessions, exercises 
and insight hox to work with the LFA to optimize your 
policy and programme formulating
Duration 2 days
Cost

 €995 excluding VAT, but including drinks and lunches, coffee and tea and course material.

Two or more employees from the same organisation will receive a discount of 10%

For more information, 
please contact  info@ecorysacademy.com

Training type Open training
Workshop including lecture combined with interactive coached 
sessions and practical exercises.
Training Project Development for Regional Development innovation: critical factors for success and failure
Introduction

A training course in how to successfully draft projects for regional development and innovation projects. The course uses a format and methodology (logical framework approach) for good project proposals and shows the critical factors and consequences of errors. It is critical that the relevant partners are involved from the beginning, risk factors are included in the project design and the aims and outputs of the projects are defined with measurable indicators. Planning, budgeting and resources allocation are important topics of the course.  The course is developed for project promoters and developers in government institutions, regions and NGOs and can be tailor made to the specific sector (innovation, regional development, urban development etc).    

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has delivered project development trainings for Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland (for regional development and innovation projects), in Croatia (regional development projects) and Turkey (transport, environment, regional development).

Subjects
  • Project proposal drafting
  • Logical framework approach for project structuring
  • Partnership
  • Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Resource allocation
  • Monitoring and evaluation indicators and provisions
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Project appraisal (appraisal of project applications)
  • Group exercises
Aim The aim of this course is to improve skills in project proposal drafting.
Gains After completion of this course, participants will have improved their skills in project proposal drafting.
Duration 1- 3 days, depending on the wishes of client.
Cost

The price of this course ranges from € 3,000 to € 8,000. For for more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (interactive classroom training) and group exercises, e-learning, blended learning.

Project Cycle Management

Project Cycle Management
Training Project Cycle Management Structural Funds and IPA for Regional and/or Rural Development
Introduction

This training gives an introduction in programme and project cycle management for the EU Funds as Structural Funds and for Instrument for Pre-Accession in the field of  Regional and/or Rural Development. The training is very relevant for staff working in EU IPA Departments in Ministries of Regional Development and/or Agriculture and Rural Development managing the Operational Programmes Regional Competitiveness or Rural Development (IPARD) and/or for intermediate bodies or beneficiaries.  The training includes working with real sector specific materials and programme and project examples, best practices and case studies in the fields of regional development and rural development, Leader etc.  

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has developed EU Funds Regional and Rural Development courses for Ministries and implementing agencies in Turkey and Albania and is every year implementing a general course on EU Funds Management for EVD Cross Agency.

Subjects
  • Introduction in EU Structural Funds and the Instrument for Pre-Accession
  • Preparation of Operational Programmes for Regional Competitiveness and/or Rural Development
  • Absorption capacity and capacity building
  • Project pipeline generation, communication and guidance to potential applicants
  • Project preparation and the IPA Application Form
  • Cost Estimation and Financing of projects
  • Project appraisal and selection
  • Feasibility Study and Cost Benefit Analysis for major projects
  • Public Procurement and PRAG
  • Grant Scheme Management
  • Financial Management and Auditing
  • Monitoring of programmes and projects
  • Project Implementation and Risk Management
  • Evaluation
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Regional and Rural Development Programmes and Projects.
Gains After completion of this training course, the participant will have increased knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Regional and/or Rural Development Programmes and Projects.
Duration Minimum 4 days, maximum 2 weeks. For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible. Such as for Cost estimation and financing, Project Appraisal and selection, Feasibility Study and Cost Benefit Analysis, Procurement, Grant Scheme Management or Monitoring and Evaluation.
Cost

Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.
Training Project Cycle Management Cohesion Fund and IPA Transport
Introduction

This training gives an introduction in programme and project cycle management for the EU Funds for Instrument for Pre-Accession in the field of  Transport. The training is very relevant for staff working in EU IPA Departments in the Ministry of Transport managing the Operational Programme Transport and/or for intermediate bodies or beneficiaries (rail or road agencies, port authorities).  The training includes working with real project examples, case studies in the fields of rail, roads, ports etc.  

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has developed EU Funds Transport courses for Ministries and implementing agencies in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and is every year implementing a general course on EU Funds Management for EVD Cross Agency.

Subjects
  • Introduction in EU Funds and the Instrument for Pre-Accession
  • Preparation of Operational Programmes Transport
  • Absorption capacity and capacity building
  • Project preparation and the IPA Application Form
  • Cost Estimation and Financing of projects
  • Feasibility Study and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Public Procurement and PRAG
  • Project Monitoring and Supervision
  • Project Implementation and Risk Management
  • Evaluation 
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Regional and Rural Development Programmes and Projects.
Gains After completion of this training course, the participant will have increased knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Transport Programmes and Projects.
Duration Minimum 4 days, maximum 2 weeks. For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible, such as for cost estimation and financing, feasibility study and Cost Benefit Analysis, procurement or monitoring and evaluation.
Cost

Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us.  

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.
Training Project Cycle Management Cohesion Fund and IPA Environment
Introduction

This training gives an introduction in programme and project cycle management for the EU Funds for Instrument for Pre-Accession in the field of environment. The training is very relevant for staff working in EU IPA Departments in the Ministry of Environment managing the Operational Programme Environment or for intermediate bodies or beneficiaries (municipalities preparing and implementing projects in the fields of waste, water or biodiversity).  

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has developed EU Funds Environment courses for Ministries in Turkey, Bulgaria , Romania and every year organizes an IPA Environment Training for Cross Agency of EVD.

Subjects
  • Introduction in EU Funds and the Instrument for Pre-Accession
  • Preparation of Operational Programmes Environment
  • Absorption capacity and capacity building
  • Project preparation and the IPA Application Form
  • Cost Estimation and Financing
  • Feasibility Study and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Public Procurement and PRAG
  • Project Monitoring and Supervision
  • Project Implementation and Risk Management
  • Evaluation
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Environment Programmes and Projects.
Gains After completion of this training course, the participant will have increased knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Environment Programmes and Projects.
Duration Minimum 4 days, maximum 2 weeks. For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible, such as for cost estimation and financing, feasibility study and Cost Benefit Analysis, procurement or monitoring and evaluation.
Cost

Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.
Training Project Cycle Management Structural Funds (esp. European  Social Fund) and IPA for Human Resources Development (Labour market, Education and Social Policies).
Introduction

This training gives an introduction in programme and project cycle management for the EU Funds as European Social Fund and for Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) Component Human Resources Development. The training is very relevant for staff working in EU Departments in Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs or Education managing the Operational Programmes on Human Resources Development and/or for intermediate bodies or beneficiaries (labour market institutions, employment agencies, NGOs etc). The training includes working with real sector specific materials and programme and project examples, best practices and case studies in the field of Human Resource Development.  

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has developed EU Funds Human Resources Development courses for Ministries and implementing agencies and beneficiaries in Turkey and Romania and is every year implementing a general course on EU Funds Management for EVD Cross Agency.

Subjects
  • Introduction in EU Structural Funds (esp. European Social Fund and EC regulations) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession
  • Introduction in EU Policies relevant for HRD  (EC Employment Strategy, PROGRESS, Education initiatives Leonardo da Vinci etc.) and EC horizontal principles
  • Preparation of Operational Programmes for Human Resources Development (and examples of Member States and Candidate Countries programmes)
  • Absorption capacity and capacity building for relevant institutions
  • Project pipeline generation, communication and guidance to potential applicants
  • Grant Scheme Management (call for proposals etc)
  • Project preparation and best practices projects from EU Member States
  • Project appraisal and selection under Grant Schemes
  • Public Procurement and PRAG
  • Financial Management and Auditing
  • Monitoring of programmes and projects
  • Evaluation, dissemination and mainstreaming
Aim The objective of the training is to increase the knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Human Resources Development Programmes and Projects.
Gains After completion of this training course, the participant will have increased knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Human Resources Development Programmes and Projects.
Duration Minimum 4 days, maximum 2 weeks, depending on wishes of client (tailor made courses). For specific topics 2-3 days in depth courses are possible such as for project development and best practices from EU Member States, project appraisal and selection, grant scheme management or monitoring and evaluation.
Cost

Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises, e-learning and/or blended learning.

EU Funds management

EU Funds management
Training PEU Policies: Recent developments in critical policy areas
Introduction

The seminar series (training course) has these objectives:

  • Making participants familiar with the most up-to date developments in EU policies in relevant EU Policy themes. These themes are: Competitiveness: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Development (Employment, Social Policies and Education), Regional Development and Transport and Environment policies. 
  • Sharing relevant experiences, projects and best practices from EU Member States and Candidate Countries in the above themes relevant for participants. 
  • Learn lessons from previous experiences in the EU Member States as recommendations for the accession process and EU policies in Candidate Countries.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has developed and will implement this seminar series together with Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Subjects

The seminar series will consist of both general and thematic modules.  The following 8 modules can be organized:

  1. Introduction in the EU Acquis, Cohesion Policies and EU Funds: EU Cohesion Policy Framework, Funds and implications;
  2. Institutional and capacity building  for EU Policies: Administrative capacity and project preparation; 
  3. Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Recent EU policies (Lisbon Agenda, Entrepreneurship Agenda) and good practices projects from the EU Member States and Candidate Countries and its implications and lessons;
  4. Regional Development: EU Policy framework (Cohesion Policy), recent regional policies in the EU, good practices from EU Member States and implications; 
  5. Project development and application for EU Funds: How to develop good projects and apply to be able to benefit from EU funds;
  6. Implementation of EU Programmes and projects: implementation lessons from EU and pre-accession countries;
  7. Social Policies and Employment: EU Policy Framework (EU Employment Strategy, PROGRESS) recent policy developments and good practices from new EU member States; 
  8. Infrastructure: Transport and Environment Policies, EU Policy Framework and EC directives, recent policy developments, lessons from project evaluations in EU Member States and implications.
Aim The objectives of the seminar series are to increase capacities and knowledge of civil servants and NGO staff in recent EU policies, EU Funds management and lessons from Member States.
Gains Increased knowledge and skills of participants to manage EU Funds for Human Resources Development Programmes and Projects.
Duration 8 weeks of 10 hours per module per week.
Cost

Dependent on the type of training and duration chosen. For more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises.
Training SF general principles, eligibility/regulations
Introduction

This training provides a general overview of the principles of Structural Funds. Information is provided on the policy context, the Funds available and the way the implementation of the Funds is organised. The training will go into the rules of the game and procedures for implementation and application for funding. One of the important aspects are the eligibility criteria for funding and other regulations that need to be taken into account. The training provides practical information on how to deal with the above mentioned issues.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has provided numerous training sessions in this field, especially for Candidate Countries and New EU Member States. Our trainer has hands on experience with the implementation of the Structural Funds

Subjects
  • EU policy
  • Operational pogrammes, priorities, measures and projects
  • Application procedures
  • What to take into account during implementation of the Funds/projects
  • Compliance with the Rules
  • Lessons learnt

 

Aim This training will provide the participants with a clear idea what the Structural Funds are, how they are implemented and the rules of the game.
Gains Participants have learnt about the funding opportunities provided by the Funds and have a first idea how they can implement projects / programmes in compliance witht the procedures and rules
Duration The duration of the training depends on the training needs of the participants. This can be from half a day to one day course, which will be enable the participants to gain a general idea.
Cost

For more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training) with practical exercises
Training IPA general principles, eligibility/regulations
Introduction

This training provides a general overview of the principles of IPA. Information is provided on the policy context, and the way the implementation of IPA is organised. The training will go into the rules of the game and procedures for implementation and application for funding. One of the important aspects are the eligibility criteria for funding and other regulations that need to be taken into account. The training provides practical information on how to deal with the above mentioned issues.

ECORYS’ expertise
ECORYS has provided numerous training sessions in this field, especially for candidate countries eligible for pre-accession funds.

Subjects
  • EU policy
  • Operational pogrammes, priorities, measures and projects
  • Application procedures
  • What to take into account during implementation of  IPA programmes/projects
  • Compliance with the Rules
  • Lessons learnt

 

Aim This training will provide the participants with a clear idea what the IPA is, how it is implemented and the rules of the game.
Gains Participants have learnt about the funding opportunities provided by IPA and have a first idea how they can implement projects / programmes in compliance witht the procedures and rules.
Duration The duration of the training depends on the training needs of the participants. This can be from half a day to one day course, which will be enable the participants to gain a general idea.
Cost

For more information, please contact us

Training type Client based training
Lecture (classroom training), discussion and group exercises.
Training Intensive Winter Course on Structural Funds and IPA
Subjects

A combination of seven modules, each with practical sessions 
and exercises, creating a comfortable and interactive
working atmosphere:

  • Module 1: EU Structural Funds: concepts and context;
  • Module 2: Strategic Planning and Programming; 
  • Module 3: Implementation and Absorption Capacity; 
  • Module 4: Financial Management, Control and Rules;
  • Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Module 6: Negotiations;
  • Module 7: assignment EC-funded project proposal preparation and 
    project cycle management;

 

Aim The ECORYS Academy has designed this intensive winter course
based on our experience with the ‘regular’ MTEC IPA
and Structural Funds training that we have been providing since 2001.
This course is designed for government officials from New Member States involved in the management of Structural Funds
and/or IPA .
Gains After participation in this intensive Winter Course, participants will be able to use their acquired knowledge and skills in their working environment and have knowledge and insight in managing and/or applying for EU funds.
Duration t.b.a.
Cost

€1.950  excluding VAT, but including dinner, drinks and lunches, 
coffee and tea, course material, follow-up through 
ECORYS Academy extranet access.

Early registration discount (before 1st January 2012): 
€ 1.650  excluding VAT.
 

Two or more employees from the same organisation 
will receive the same discount.


For more information, 
please contact  info@ecorysacademy.com

Training type Open training
Lecture (classroom training) combined with interactive coached 
sessions and practical exercises.
Expertise ECORYS Academy is the central brand for our training offer. 
ECORYS is a leading European knowledge-based firm, specialized in 
economic, social and environmental development at local, regional, 
national and European level. This wealth of practical insight is 
complemented by a portfolio of EU projects (project development, 
project assessment, project implementation) and EU programmes 
(development, implementation and evaluation).