Toolkit Structure and Concepts

Step-by-step themesThe figure on the right shows how the Step-by-Step guide is structured and highlights the content of Step 1.

Steps offer key advice on project design, implementation, and evaluation. Together, they aim to address all relevant aspects of an energy change project."

Each step in the Step-by-Step Guide consists of an introductory text and key instructions. It is best to read through all steps when preparing your project. For example, it would be too late to start applying the instructions for Evaluate & Learn only once your project is finished.

In addition, the steps can link to tools, knowledge quick bites and background information. They offer additional support and information for the instructions in the Steps, depending on your needs.

Tools are "detailed measures to improve your project",

Knowledge Quick Bites are "cautions, tips or short messages to keep in mind".

Backgrounds "offer additional information and insights on the topics discussed in the Steps".

Tools have downloadable templates or checklists, which you can use or customize to fit your project.  

Templates & Checklists are "downloadable documents for visualizing or keeping track of project planning steps". 

The other main items in the menu (Tools and Ideas, Dig Deeper) provide overviews of all content of a particular kind (Tools, Knowledge Quick Bites, Backgrounds, and Case Studies) that is linked in the Step-by-Step Guide. The Dig Deeper menu also offers two additional ways of browsing the content in this toolkit: by countries and target groups. These profiles can be useful if you are interested in content that is specific to one country (e.g. Finland), or target group (e.g. Publicly Owned Buildings).

Country profiles "provide background information on energy context and links to relevant energy policy organizations in a particular country."

Target group descriptions "introduce particular features of target groups and links to target-group specific content."