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Methods and Tools for Evaluating the Contribution of Cohesion Policies to Sustainable Regional Development (SRD)

Objective

The research will examine methods and tools for supporting and informing public policy decision-making. To this end the research is concerned with: defining the policy 'evaluation space' for SRD, and the validity, utility and application of evaluation tools designed to support SRD decision-making. The major outcome of the project will be the presentation of a 'nested' approach to evaluation, differentiating the policy choices and attendant requirement for normative analysis. The project builds on the recent EU thematic evaluation to develop methods for assessing the contribution of cohesion policies to SRD. This work developed the idea of regional development paths, and applied the conceptual idea of sustainable development as non-declining capital stock. Using this 'capitals' model, trade-offs between different capitals (dimensions) were identified, using regional case studies, as a basis for examining the degree to which regions are pursuing a sustainable development path, and the contribution of cohesion policies. The work will extend these cases to regions in the accession countries and develop further the understanding of trade-offs, especially with social capital, and of critical thresholds. The work recognised but did not address the difficult task of weighting and aggregating different policy impacts defined in the context of measured trends and trade-offs. To address this weakness we propose to integrate recent progress in the use of deliberative tools, and especially the 'deliberation matrix', to weight and aggregate different impacts, as presented in different scenarios of the future. The deliberative tools recognise the multi-stakeholder debate and seek to organise it in a structured and transparent, to articulate the necessary judgements. In developing an understanding of the requirements for decision-making for SRD, the work will also examine the influence of multi-level governance on the scope and nature of decision making for SRD.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SSP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

GHK CONSULTING
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Participants (8)

INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
United Kingdom
Address
28 Queen Anne´s Gate
London
POLICY STUDIES INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
100 Park Village East
London
UNIVERSITY OF VERSAILLES SAINT QUENTIN EN YVELINES
France
Address
23 Rue Du Refuge
Versailles
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT (DARMSTADT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY)
Germany
Address
Karolienplatz 5
Darmstadt
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA DE HENARES
Spain
Address
Plaza De San Diego S/n
Alcala De Hènares
CHARLES UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE, FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Czechia
Address
Ovocny Tnh5
Prague
REGIONALNA RAZVOJNA AGENCIJA MURA D.O.O.
Slovenia
Address
Lendavska 5A
Murska Sobota
WARSAW UNIVERSITY, CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN REGIONAL AND LOCAL STUDIES
Poland
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa