Building an EWS is a complex process starting with the evolution of the commitment to prevent and reduce dropout in the institution followed by designing an operating system. The process is based on building a strategy which includes the main aims, selecting the responsible teams (e.g. EWS team) and other cooperating actors, the analysis of the current situation, as well as the milestones to be achieved. A coherent implementation/action plan is also an integral part of the process in which the main steps and the deadlines are laid down, and there are identified needs and resources, including the strengths of the staff and the necessary capacity building.
The main elements which are indispensable from a comprehensive EWS: