URBACT enables cities to share good practices and lessons learned with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe, building knowledge and know-how from the direct experiences with systematic capitalisation and communication processes.
Since 2002, URBACT has been the first European Territorial Cooperation programme to put strong emphasis on the production of new knowledge building on existing experience and practices coming not only from the URBACT partners but also from similar or complementary European projects and programmes (capitalisation). Linked to the capitalisation process is the communication and sharing of this new knowledge in the view to foster mainstreaming of good practices and policy recommendations.
For 2014-2020, one of the four objectives of URBACT III is to ensure that practitioners and decision-makers at all levels (EU, national, regional and local) have increased access to URBACT thematic knowledge and share know-how on all aspects of sustainable urban development in order to improve urban policies.
URBACT capitalises, communicates and shares good practices and knowledge through the following tools and actions (indicative list):
- Expertise (in particular thematic experts) to build and manage knowledge on sustainable urban development
- Website operating as a knowledge platform providing easy access to knowledge and know-how around thematic priorities, social media activities
- Thematic publications such as newsletters, policy briefs, case studies, booklets, etc.
- Conferences, thematic events, seminars, workshops for city practitioners
- URBACT National Points in charge of communicating on URBACT activities and disseminating URBACT results at national level in local language and operating as national platforms for dialogue, exchange and learning on sustainable urban development.
- Cooperation with other organizations (programmes, networks, etc.) operating in the area of sustainable urban development as well as on urban-rural linkages.
URBACT has developped new tools for capitalisation of knowledge with the workstreams (working groups) composed of multidisciplinary stakeholders across Europe, such as practitioners and experts from URBACT, representatives from European universities, European Programmes and projects, International organisations, working during 12 to 15 months on a specific urban topic.
The main beneficiaries of capitalisation actions are cities from EU 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland. These actions target URBACT city partners but also relevant players beyond the URBACT beneficiaries: cities not involved in URBACT networks, as well as the different levels of government involved in urban policies (urban practitioners, policy-makers and decision-makers) at all levels: EU, national, regional and local (e.g. national ministries; Managing authorities of Operational Programmes; European, national or regional networks/ associations of local authorities; relevant European Programmes promoting sustainable urban development; urban authorities).
Capitalisation workstreams for 2014-2015
In 2014-2015, URBACT II set up four working groups (workstreams) composed of multidisciplinary stakeholders across Europe such as urban practitioners and experts from URBACT, representatives from European universities, programmes and organisations, to identify, capitalise and present to Europe’s cities good policies and practice around four urban challenges. After one year of deskwork, meetings, interviews, study visits and workshops, the results of the four workstreams are available as follows:
New Urban Economies: what has digital, health and green economy to do with your city?
Job Generation: how can your city grow jobs for young people?
Social innovation in cities: how can your city administration engage with citizens and meet social needs?
Sustainable regeneration of urban areas: how can your city tackle environmental challenges?
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