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CD-ROM on evaluating housing and neighbourhood initiatives to improve the quality of life of deprived neighbourhoods

The CD-ROM structure and text was provided by the PD group, headed by Ombretta Romice PhD, University of Strathclyde. The other members of the PD group were: Anneli Kährik (Estonia-Norway), Tamas Egedy (Hungary), Elise Henu (France).

The text is based on the National reports done in the framework of the project, but critically analysed, conclusions drawn and structured in a completely new way to make the results directely useable by the practitioners. The technical production of the interactive CD-ROM was the responsibility of Gro Aase MA (University of Bergen,Norway) while Arild Holt-Jensen (University of Bergen) and the rest of the CT group, i.e. Judith Allen (Westminster), Zoltan Kovacs (Budapest) and Nicola Morrison (Cambridge) had responsibility for general control and editing. A special achievement for the CD-ROM is the glossary by which all relevant terms are explained to make differences in Europe understandable to the users (edited by Holt-Jejsen).

The INTERACTIVE CD-ROM is the most important product from the NEHOM project. Its aim is to make the huge amount of material, results and recommendations readily available for the practitioners.

In this sense it is a product of unique value and intended as a model for structuring initiatives, that is linking problems, actions and findings in a way that makes it possible for the user to select on the basis of problems in own area, actions relevant to such problems used in the NEHOM neighbourhoods and find the results of these actions/initiatives in the findings section. The 4 postdocs started from the national reports and each of them worked primarily with two countries, but had to also work with all national reports in assessing selected types of initiatives and related findings.

Starting from the 'home' page you may choose to proceed to the 'Neighbourhood locations' and click on the country of interest, find presentation of each neighbourhood and the solutions used there or find out more about the national housing policies in the chosen country. Concepts, organisations etc. in the text that you may need an explanation on is 'clickable' and are explained in the 'glossary' that comes up in the 'support frame' on the side of the page.

But you can as well go to the section 'neighbourhood problems and actions', select a problem you find relevant. One example: 'feeling of insecurity'. 'Clicking' on that there comes up a selection of 'crime preventing tools' and the case study localities where they have been used in different ways. How this has been done is explained very shortly, but the interested reader can go on to the case study and get more information. Some are also possible to get short explanation of as they in many cases are 'clickable' to the Glossary.

If you are mainly interested in 'Findings' you may go directly to the 'Findings' section where there is set up a list of lessons and recommendations from the case studies. If you are specially interested in one recommendation you can click on that. One example: 'Involve the local community, professionals and investors'. 'Clicking ' on that there comes up a number of more detailed suggestions that again links up to specific case studies, which are listed.

If you after having browsed through parts of the actions and findings relevant to the problems you are dealing with in your own practical work for a deprived neighbourhood and finds that you need mor information from a special case study or initiative you may go back to the case studies, look at them in more detail and if this is not sufficient there is contact adress to the people responsible for the case study area initiatives.

The full understanding of the benefit and usability of the CD-ROM for further disseminiation and practical use can only be assessed by getting the CD-ROM and using it yourself. It is available on the NEHOM web-pages, but also as CD-ROM delivered from Department of Geography, University of Bergen at the price of 10 EUROs. The CD-ROM was the product presented to the audience at the NEHOM concluding conference in Budapest October 2003.

We have attached no particular legal property rights to this product. It may be copied and used of as many as possible, on the only condition that it is not used comercially and as long as those persons that have worked to produce it are mentioned.

The key innovative features are: Interactive product making results from project easily accessible in the form the practitional users want.

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