The NPRI project aims at improving performance of IMPEL Members through a voluntary and flexible program of peer review activities performed autonomously at national, regional, local and organizational level. The program contains a methodology and guidance that find their basis in the outcome of a thorough research of important (international) experiences in this field and the results of a survey, reflecting views and needs of IMPEL associates.
The NPRI Project Team that developed the methodology and guidance is ready to support countries and networks in their implementation, by sharing experience and expertise gained through the various thorough studies and country visits.
In order to discuss these topics, on 16 September 2020, a successful online seminar was held about the National Peer Review Initiative (NPRI) project. The aim was to inform the participants about the work done in the project and to provide a preview of the next phase of the project. The seminar was attended by 38 people, representing 16 countries.
Representatives of DG Environment of the European Commission also participated in the seminar. They delivered an introductory speech and presentation in which they highlighted the importance and relevance of the project, particularly in connection with the implementation of the actions of the Action Plan of the Environmental Compliance Assurance (ECA) initiative. It was recognized that the NPRI methodology represents a strong and unique self-improving instrument where the countries can highly benefit from. The unique character of the Peer Review methodology to be applied autonomously by National Organizationnetworks was mentioned.
During the seminar (draft) deliverables were presented and discussed, such as a survey that was carried out within the IMPEL community, as well as the results of a preliminary study containing a comparison of 7 Peer Review and assessment methodologies. Thereafter, three countries (Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands) presented their experiences with Peer Reviews and how they benefit from their Peer Review activities and shared their expected added value as well of the NPRI. Finally, a draft NPRI methodology and guidance to implement a NPRI at national, regional, local and/or organizational level was presented.
The outcome in terms of comments, views and advice, provides important input to further improve the NPRI methodology and guidance.
At the end, the participants were informed about the activities that will be carried out in phase II of the project. In particular, in this phase the test of the NPRI Guidance and Methodology in countries interested in the initiative will be carried out.
The colleagues that wishto set the basis for the development of NPRI in their countries were encouraged to step forward, getting in touch with the Project Team to discuss and decide the most suitable roadmap for their specific needs: the necessary preparatory work will be carried out in the 4th quarter of 2020.
The online seminar was concluded by Pieter-Jan van Zanten, Fabio Carella and Giuseppe Sgorbati by thanking all participants for their active contributions to this successful event.