There are four components to the assessment process (which typically spans 10 to 12 weeks):
1) Introducing institutions to the assessment process: Introduce the assessment process to the institution;
2) Pre-visit questionnaire: Collect information about the institution and its breeding programs prior to the in-person visit through pre-visit questionnaires;
3) In-person visit: Visit the institution to meet with the management team, breeders and other scientists, and to tour the institution’s infrastructure and field facilitates ;
4) Post-visit debrief: Follow up with the institution through an assessment scorecard and memorandum explaining observations and offering improvement recommendations .