Knowledge sharing
for better implementation
of EU Regional Policy

A project, running in cooperation with the European Commission Directorate General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO), to help national and regional public administrations make the best use of the European Investment and Structural Funds (ESIF).
Finding solutions for better sharing of knowledge and good practices among peers.

Why

Better governance for better spending

European Funds should be spent well, on time, without errors, reported accurately and managed according to the principles of good governance. However, some of the national or regional public administrations across the European Union responsible for the management of European Investment and Structural Funds (so called “Managing Authorities”) may find it difficult to understand and implement new and complex regulation, or lack experience in managing funds, setting up calls and ensuring a project pipeline. At the same time others have found practical solutions that could be of great help for everyone.
By helping Managing Authorities to learn from each other’s experiences, European Funds can be used in a better way, with less administrative burden for the beneficiaries and more impact on the ground.

What

Sharing knowledge and practices

The project aims at developing a user-led knowledge-sharing and community-building space for Managing Authorities that will complement and strengthen an existing “peer2peer” initiative.
It will also contribute to further develop the relationship between DG Regional and Urban Policy and the Managing Authorities to achieve more collaboration and shared responsibility.
During the initial period the EU Policy Lab will help DG Regional and Urban Policy to play an enabling and facilitating role that will empower the Managing Authorities to become full owners and responsible for the final implementation of the solutions for knowledge sharing.

How

Co-design and design thinking

A design thinking approach will be used to engage Managing Authorities in identifying “real world” solutions and prototypes without any preconceived idea about the final outcomes. The participants will be directly engaged in analysing the problem starting from their needs and practices. They will also be involved in collaboratively identifying possible solutions (co-design) and creating conceptual prototypes to represent and visualize them (prototyping and testing).
The process will use interactive tools such as participatory workshops, webinars, phone conferences, residencies/field visits, etc. This approach reduces the risk of investing in a solution that does not respond to actual needs or which is not appropriate to the diversity and the variety of contexts in which Managing Authorities operate.

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