About the Practitioners’ Network



Index
1. What is the ACE Practitioners’ Network?
2. What is the aim of the Practitioners’ Network?
3. Who are the members of the Practitioners’ Network?
4. What are the membership criteria?
5. Does the Practitioners’ Network have any political affiliations?
6. How can I apply to become a member?
7. What are the main functions of the Practitioners’ Network?
8. What are the incentives to become a member?
9. What is the ‘Ask the Experts’ facility and how does it work?
10. In what languages is the Practitioners’ Network available?

11. Are there any membership fees?



1. What is the ACE Practitioners’ Network?


The Practitioners’ Network is an online network of over 500 active members from the field of elections and is continuously expanding. It is an online forum where electoral expertise, experience and knowledge can be shared. The network is accessed via the ACE website (www.aceproject.org) through a private and interactive platform called the ACE Workspace. Membership is granted by the ACE Secretariat.

2. What is the aim of the Practitioners’ Network?

By providing an online space where election practitioners from all over the world can interact and share knowledge and experiences, the overall aim of the Practitioners’ Network is to further the professionalism of the field of elections. Within this, more specific aims are to generate new knowledge, answer questions, provide peer advice, share and disseminate best practices, encourage new ideas and approaches, as well as lessons learned. The intention is also to then make this knowledge available to the general public through the main ACE Website.

3. Who are the members of the Practitioners’ Network?

Among the members of the Practitioners’ Network are experienced practitioners working in the field of elections, with proven professional and/or academic expertise. Members come from more than 100 countries across the world and span a range of professional backgrounds, including electoral management bodies, government officials, political parties, international organisations, civil society, NGOs and academics. Notwithstanding their affiliation, each individual participates in the Practitioners’ Network in his or her own personal capacity.


4. What are the membership criteria?

A member of the ACE Practitioners’ Network should fulfil one or both of the below criteria:
• Have several years of experience working within the electoral field.
• Proven expertise in at least one election-related area, e.g. voter education.


5. Does the Practitioners’ Network have any political affiliations?


The Practitioners’ Network is politically neutral. By becoming a member, you will not be affiliating yourself with any political party, organisation or movement.

6. How can I apply to become a member?


You can submit a membership application either via the front page of the ACE website or directly:www.aceproject.org/apply

7. What are the main functions of the Practitioners’ Network?


Through a private interactive platform accessed via the ACE website called the ACE Workspace, members are able to engage on a voluntary basis in any of the following activities:
• Post and answer questions, both from other network members and from ACE website users who have submitted a question through the ‘Ask the Experts’ facility.
• Post and engage in discussions.
• Contact and network with fellow members of the network directly.
• View election related announcements, upcoming events and job vacancies.


8. What are the incentives to become a member?


There are a number of reasons why joining the Practitioners’ Network is in the interest of election professionals, including:
• Benefiting from sharing experiences and knowledge from the field.
• Belonging to a reputable global community of experienced electoral practitioners.
• Expanding professional networks.
• Increasing visibility through the personal profile page, as well as consolidated replies published on the ACE website with reference to contributors.
• Receiving peer advice from other experts.
• Accessing job vacancies, announcements and events.


9. What is the ‘Ask the Experts’ facility and how does it work?


The ‘Ask the Experts’ facility is the bridge between the ACE public website and Practitioners’ Network. Users of the ACE website can submit questions related to elections and of a technical nature. Suitable questions are then forwarded by a network facilitator employed by the ACE Secretariat to the relevant members of the Practitioners’ Network. The members’ replies are then published on the website, together with a summary and relevant links. Through this interactive facility, ACE provides customised expert advice to members of the public, which supplements the core knowledge resources of the ACE website.
10. In what languages is the Practitioners’ Network available?


Although English is the default language, there are Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian versions of the ACE Workspace. Moreover, all content can be instantaneously translated to the language of your choice thanks to a translation function that is integrated into the Practitioners’ Network.

11. Are there any membership fees?


It is free to join and partake in the ACE Practitioners’ Network.

If you have additional questions or require more information please contact: facilitators@aceproject.org