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The Impact of Cohesion Policy on EU Identification

Deliverables

Communication strategy: video production and social media activities

This deliverable will report on the communication strategy, with a particular focus on the two videos produced to explain and promote the project as well as social media activities and results to date.

Report on survey results

The report will analyse the results of the survey of citizens including determinants of attitudes to Cohesion policy and the associated impacts on attitudes to the EU, employing multivariate statistical techniques.

Results of analysis of Cohesion policy

Report on results of analysis of Cohesion policy implementation and performance

Summaries of published reports to date

A report providing summaries of published reports to date

WP4 Report on published papers

A report on the published papers under WP4

WP3 Final Report

Final report on data and results to feed into COHESIFY final project report

Report on published papers and policy brief

Report with information on published papers and policy brief.

WP2 Report on final published papers

Report with information on WP2 final published papers

WP2 Report on published papers

Report with information on WP2 published papers to date

Report with summaries of outputs

Report providing summaries of WP3 outputs to date

Proposals for new communication strategy for Cohesion policy

A Handbook of Communications will be established providing proposals for a new communication strategy for Cohesion policy in month 24.

Communication toolkit for partners

A communication toolkit will support the flow information to academia, policymakers, practitioners and the public, messaged via appropriate channels of communication – press releases (regional, national and international), editorial content, video, social media etc. OLDC will assist project partners by providing communication toolkits and other material as templates ready to adapt in local language.

WP4 Report on published papers and data platform

Report with information on WP4 published papers and data platform

Data management plan

USTRATH will create a Data Management Plan using Data Management Plan Online (DMP online), the community standard and University of Strathclyde approved tool for writing DMPs.

COHESIFY survey tool

A survey tool will be constructed for conducting the surveys listed in Task 4.2. The data collection tool will contain traditional survey-type questions, such as Likert items, but also open-ended questions. At t least two surveys, potentially administered simultaneously, are envisaged: the first will target the EU-level actors, while the second will focus on the stakeholders at the national and regional levels.

Online platform for case study results

A survey tool will be constructed for conducting the surveys for case studies

Databse of political party documents

Produce a database covering the policy-programme documents – such as election manifestos, coalition agreements, government statements of political parties and (coalition) governments from the regional level of 10 case study Member States over time (at least two legislative periods). This will involve collecting party policy documents and transforming them into machine-readable documents to enable the application of semi- and fully-computerised methods of content analysis to extract the European policy position of parties and governments acting on the sub-state level. This exercise will be able to exploit and build on an existing database that covers the full text of more than 1,700 election manifestos of parties from the regional level in eight EU Member States.

Database territorial typology of regions

Establish a territorial typology database, identifying clusters of countries/regions according to identity, political culture, territorial and institutional characteristics, receptiveness vulnerability and desirability of EU Cohesion policy. This typology will be the basis for the selection of case studies.

The COHESIFY data platform

The COHESIFY data platform will integrate the output of the WP4 tasks related to data collection and analysis on the one hand, and content dissemination activities on the other. The COHESIFY platform has two subtasks at its core. First, a data mining and sentiment analysis platform to search and store relevant information from selected media available online in which Cohesion policy is presented and/or discussed. Second, a survey tool for conducting the surveys in WP4.

Project website

The website will be operational by month 2, and this task will involve regularly updating the site during the course of the project. It will provide updates on progress and results from all the WPs, as well as downloadable digital brochures, press releases and infographics will be available on the website. Importantly, the website is not intended to be a passive repository of information but used actively as a knowledge-management tool. In particular, it is intended to engage academics, policymakers and practitioners in the sharing of knowledge on Cohesion policy, communication and citizens’ identification with the EU. For example, in the communication field, it will provide a platform for sharing resources on communication best practice (e.g. evaluations, studies, guidelines, narratives, case studies, communication tools, training activities). This would progressively build up a database of resources in a structured manner covering activity type, objectives, duration, target group, outcomes/impact, added value, challenges overcome and lessons learned. The database of communication evaluations/studies would cover the type of evaluation, scope, methods used, results, challenges, lessons and recommendations for increasing civic appreciation. The project website will incorporate the survey platforms specified in WP3 and WP4.

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Publications

Does EU regional policy increase parties’ support for European integration?

Author(s): Martin Gross, Marc Debus
Published in: West European Politics, Issue 41/3, 2017, Page(s) 594-614, ISSN 0140-2382
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2017.1395249

Cohesion Policies and the Creation of a European Identity: The Role of Territorial Identity

Author(s): Roberta Capello
Published in: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Issue 56/3, 2018, Page(s) 489-503, ISSN 0021-9886
DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12611

Understanding citizen perception of European Union Cohesion Policy: the role of the local context

Author(s): Roberta Capello, Giovanni Perucca
Published in: Regional Studies, 2017, Page(s) 1-13, ISSN 0034-3404
DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2017.1397273