Having experimented with various publishing platforms, we’re now going back to a proven format. This is why Trust & Verify now may feel familiar to you. But this is just the start of a major overhaul of how we at VERTIC communicate with our communities. In the coming months, we are going to refresh the website, making it more accessible and more content driven, while keeping our brand colours and style. We will also start to roll out products in the ePub format, making them accessible for readers using the Kindle or the iPad.
Of course, publishing is only the public face of what we do in the organization. Most of our activities are carried out discreetly, especially so the work of our National Implementation Measures Programme team. The size of that programme, almost three quarters of our total budget, is a testament to the success and the professionalism of our staff. And I am pleased that it grows at an ever increasing pace, even in times of economic turmoil. The recent addition of one more legal officer to the team is going to help us to deliver products to our clients faster, more efficiently and more effectively.
VERTIC has now adopted a new strategic plan, which contains measurable objectives, milestones and priority areas. We have decided where we want to be at the end of the plan, yet it allows our researchers and directors to decide on the path to get there. As for publications, the plan directs us to explore all options for the re-establishment of the Verification Yearbook or a successor Verification Journal. The former is presently more likely than the latter, but we are not ruling out any options. As we are unlikely to amass large amounts of funds to support these publications, we will have to rely on the benevolence and goodwill of our authors to make it happen. But if there is a will, there is a way forward. And forward we must go, as life is motion.