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What Does CROP Provide in FY18?

Standard Travel Authorizations

  1. Trip Allocations (4 days, 3 nights maximum): 
    1. Five (5) individual regional trips are allocated to At-Large RALOs including: AFRALO, APRALO, EURALO, LACRALO, and NARALO
    2. Five (5) individual regional trips which may include one (1) out of region trip if necessary, allocated to GNSO Constituencies including: Business, Intellectual Property, Internet Services Provider, Non-Commercial Users, and Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns. 
  2. Funded Costs/Expenses: Includes transportation (economy class), lodging, and per diem (4 days, 3 nights maximum)
  3. Visa Fees & Registration Fees: Travellers will be reimbursed for visa fees (up to $200 USD) and for conference registration fees where applicable (up to $800 USD)
  4. Booking: All travel booked via ICANN Constituency Travel to ensure consistency, proper accounting, recordation, and tracking against budget.

What are CROP's Operating Procedures & Requirements?

See also: CROP Processing Flow Diagram

Outreach Strategic Plans

To be eligible for the CROP Program, each participating ICANN Structure must produce a clear Outreach Strategic Plan explaining its FY18 outreach goals, strategies, and planned expectations so that the specific activities can be coordinated with the appropriate ICANN Regional Engagement teams. 

A template is provided within each of the Community Workspaces where the Outreach Strategic Plan should be documented. As part of the approval process, each plan must be reviewed by the structure's leadership as well as the appropriate regional Stakeholder Engagement Vice-President(s). The Community Program Coordinator (PC) will certify, within the template, when these reviews have taken place and communicate those results to the CROP Program Administrators (Staff). 

General Procedures 

  • All trips and outreach activities must be completed before the end of ICANN's 2018 fiscal year. Traveling participants must have returned to their originating destination on or before 30 June 2018.  
  • Any trip allocated, but not taken, will not carry over to the next fiscal year.
  • Minimum timeframes: An individual trip must be approved within the participant's organization/structure, including coordination with the applicable regional Stakeholder Engagement V.P. team a minimum of 6-weeks prior to the proposed travel date. This 6-week period is the absolute minimum time and should not be considered a "best practice". Notice and planning with regional teams should take place as early as possible.
  • Travel may not be booked individually or through the event organizers. ICANN's Constituency Travel department will manage all travel booking and ensure that any financial outlays are optimized to the maximum extent possible.
  • A Trip Assessment must be completed for each outreach activity attended (within 3 weeks of returning). The assessment should clearly and specifically describe if/how the original purpose(s) and outcome(s) were realized as well as details of the event itself (who, what, where, when, and why). 
  • Trips must originate and conclude within the same region and should, wherever practicable, be taken by someone working in or proximate to that territory. GNSO Constituencies may attend one out of region trip per fiscal year within the five trip allocations.
  • Any single outreach activity may be attended by multiple persons; however, each traveler is counted as utilizing one of structure's allocated trips.
  • If an approved trip is voided or cancelled for some unanticipated and/or extraordinary reason, a replacement trip will be allocated to the affected organization within FY18.
  • It will not be possible to support trip "compounding" or "splitting" of expenses or any other strategy with a goal of increasing the number of individual trips assigned to an organization. ICANN appreciates all reasonable efforts on the part of participants to minimize expenses; however, to properly manage this unique resource, each individual trip stands on its own and will require separate authorization and tracking.

Trip Confirmations/Approvals

Before any proposed trip can be processed:

  • It must be approved within the participant's organization/structure, including coordination with the applicable regional Stakeholder Engagement V.P. team a minimum of 6-weeks prior to the proposed date (see General Procedure section above). For further information about advance notice requirement, please refer to the CROP Frequently Asked Questions page (see Policies/Guidelines Questions). 
  • It must be determined by the applicable regional Stakeholder Engagement V.P. team that the trip purpose/goal is consistent with any established regional engagement strategy, where applicable, and/or ICANN's overall mission.
  • It must be determined by the applicable regional Stakeholder Engagement V.P. team that the trip is not duplicative of any other scheduled ICANN event with a similar purpose/outcome.
  • The trip must satisfy CROP guidelines and policies as confirmed by the Program Administrators.
  • The proposed program participant(s) must agree to the terms and conditions of the program, including:
    • Travel arrangements are made only by ICANN Staff, that is, self-booking is not permitted for this program. 
    • Agreement to provide an accurate and complete post-event Trip Assessment within three weeks of the return date.

Travel Policies

  • For any ICANN supported travel, it is the traveler’s responsibility to comply with all local laws and legislation of the country or countries to which he or she will travel (including but not limited to laws pertaining to immigration, taxation, customs, employment and foreign exchange control).
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to comply with all regulations (including those dealing with visas and required vaccinations) of any country visited.
  • ICANN is not responsible for obtaining visas for the traveler; that is the responsibility of the traveler. Travelers will be reimbursed for any visa fees (up to $200 USD). 
  • ICANN will not support/approve any claim for work permits or any other costs relating to compliance with the national legislation of any country in the world from a fellow or any third party.
  • ICANN is a California non-profit public benefit corporation incorporated in the United States and must therefore comply with all the laws and regulations of California and the United States.
  • Travelers will be reimbursed for conference registration fees where applicable (up to $800 USD).

What are the CROP Roles/Responsibilities?

See also: CROP Contacts 

Program Administrators (Staff)

The role of ICANN's Program Administrators (Staff) will be to:

  1. Provide guidance and interpretation to the community consistent with the program's principles;
  2. Confirm that all applications meet the established principles/guidelines/criteria and have been properly authorized by the applicable parties;
  3. Coordinate with other ICANN departments (e.g., Global Stakeholder Engagement, Constituency Travel, Communications and Meetings) as needed to maximize outreach effectiveness; 
  4. Monitor the program’s implementation for completeness and accuracy; and

  5. Manage, track, and report the program's status as requested by ICANN management and/or community leaders.

Program Coordinators (PC)

Each structure/organization is responsible for appointing 1-2 Program Coordinators (PC) whose responsibility will be to:

  1. Consult within the applicable structure/organization and assist members, where needed, in completing an Outreach Strategic Plan DRAFT and DRAFT Trip Proposals via the Wiki templates provided within the Community Workspaces area.
  2. Facilitate and manage trip/event approvals within the organization and with the appropriate regional ICANN Stakeholder Engagement Vice-President(s).
  3. Within three (3) weeks of the return date:
    1. Ensure that the participant(s) collect information and collaborate to complete the online DRAFT Trip Assessment form; 
    2. After verifying proper form completion, ensure that the assessment meets the approval of the structure/organization's leadership; and

    3. Notify the CROP Program Administrators when the form is approved internally.

Stakeholder Engagement Vice-Presidents

  1. Review each Trip Proposal to ensure that it is congruent with and supportive of applicable regional strategies, plans, goals, and objectives.
  2. Communicate concurrence to the applicable CROP Program Coordinator (PC) and CROP Program Administrator so that the Trip Proposal's "Confirmation Section" can be updated.
  3. Collaborate with community representatives and support planning and coordination of outreach activities as applicable based on Trip Proposal requirements. 

What are CROP's Key Principles?

Information concerning the management and administration of this program will be made publicly available including:

  1. Applications:
    • Accessible via ICANN Community Wiki
    • Includes program participants, events, dates, purposes, proposed outcomes, et al.
  2. Approval/Confirmation Process:
    • Occurs internally within each organization or structure
    • Coordinated with the Global Stakeholder Engagement Vice-President(s) for strategy congruence with regional engagement strategies (where applicable) or overall ICANN Mission
    • CROP Staff Administrators confirm that all trips satisfy the program's terms, guidelines, and policies
  3. Trip Assessments:
    • Accessible via Community Wiki
    • Include actual travel dates, accomplished goals/objectives, achieved outcomes (both strategic and tactical), et al.

Where Can I Find Additional Instructions, Templates, & Help? 

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