Making the case for an NREN
When embarking on making a case for an NREN, there can be many starting points and many target audiences. Naturally, different audiences require different approaches.
Therefore, it is not reasonable to assume that one single document or proposal will deliver all the arguments for making the case towards all stakeholders.
We have presented a range of
three typical target audiences and starting points which are also reflected in the structure of our extensive
Document Library. These are a foundation for you to mix and match sections that are most appropriate for your local case.
The benefits: talking to your end users
These documents comprise a series of user case studies which demonstrate how R&E networks benefit a specific user community. Such case studies not only describe in detail how specific user needs are met by advanced R&E connectivity, but also provide third-party back-up (from the actual end users) of the benefits themselves.
In addition, this section contains reports and studies on the advantages to users from the higher education and research communities in particular, and for the country in general. We hope these resources will help you formulate arguments when making the case towards your own network users. See
Talking to your end users.
The economic and national case: talking to you funders
Another approach that is often needed is to first address the economic benefits of operating an NREN before defining the details of how it should operate. Funders and donors may not be very interested in the general advantages of an NREN but rather want to know what value-added economic benefits it can bring to advance their mission and national priorities. See
Talking to your funders.
The best practice: talking within and among NRENs
Internal communication and best practice are just as vital as outreach activities. We have collected reports and research with a wealth of advice and best practices on how to organise NRENs, make it sustainable and, by doing so, strengthen the case of the NREN from within. See
Talking within and among NRENs.