2Issues Strategic/Fundamental Questions Governance Monitoring CommunicationInfrastructure of ESSnetsPriority settingUse of resultsIssues of specific ESSnet Clusters
3Strategic/Fundamental Questions Bottom up vs. Top down approachEnterprise architecture approachVision (the only aim?)ESSnets should not create new stove pipesOpening of ESSnets to “GSS”, NSAs?Analysis of user demands before start (stocktaking)Competition?
4Priority Setting Who sets priorities? Priority within ESSnets solve big issues firstStrategic orientation of ESSnets?Vision Europe 2020Criteria clearly defined and accepted?Only how-projects and no what-projects?
5Governance of ESSnets Embedment in ESS strategy Role of the ESSnet in the ESS-organisationReporting structure to ESSStrong input from Eurostat
6Monitoring / Steering /Advising Who monitors ESSnets?Role of Eurostat should be clearerParticipation of MS?Steering Group or Advisory Board?Task, objective (advisory, steering)?Separate between management and evaluationRole of Steering Group to be cleared soonEvaluationSGA: contact with ESSnet-coordinator
7Internal Communication Trust between partners fundamentalPersonal contactsFace-to-face meetings are crucialDifferences in culture and languageCollaboration, Collaboration, CollaborationOvercome difference in expertise, experience
8CommunicationLack of enough communication (tools) - high communication costs (EGR)Strong input from Eurostat needed (role of Eurostat project officers) (EGR)Better Dissemination of results for better useConsider important developments including NON-EU countriesThematic workshops for ESSnets
9Infrastructure Bureaucracy (Geo) Lack of administrative experience (GEO)It is time consuming to work with a lot of partners (GEO)Lack of sparring partners (GEO)Common web portal for submitting application details (GEO)Simplified procedures in the application processtime and money is needed also before the Framework Partnership has been signed (Admin).formal approval process for the FPA and SGAs is extremely long.great uncertainty and financial risk for the Co-partners This puts stress on relationships (Admin)
10Infrastructure Overly precise budgets required by Commission Budgetary Unit of Eurostat has changed the rules or the template for SGA applications every year, but has not finalised these changes until after the beginning of the calendar year (Admin).Eurostat needs more advance planning, to stop grant preparation being so close to the work schedule (Admin)Realistic Planning necessaryCo-ordination with other ESSnetManaging resources, milestones and deliverables is a challengeCommitment of NSI high level management necessary : ‘competition’ with other national tasksGlossary, literature lists on ESSnet portal
11Infrastructure Improvement of ESSnet processes ESSnet Portal Overlap vs. ComplementarityCost effectivenessSteering on output or resources?Right size of projectsContentnumber of partnersBalance between admin and contentDon’t be too ambitiousSometimes lack of flexibility
12Use of resultsSustainability (how to secure?)Establishing Centres of Competence and knowledge transfer (MS and EUROSTAT)Transfer of knowledge into EU Working GroupsSet up of forums for long term development of professional knowledge exchange (GEO)Common web portal for submitting application details and for dissemination of results (GEO)
13Issues of specific ESSnet clusters Mismatch of timing between partners (GEO)BLUE ETS can be useful for many other ESSnets (Admin Data, Consistency, MEMOBUST and Small Area Estimation)Steering group for thematic ESSnet clusters?Business statisticsMetadataAccess