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Eileen

Crowley

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have an MA awarded with merit from the University of the West of England in Bristol & a BA (Hons) in European Development Studies & Spanish from University College Cork. I am a member of the Irish Planning Institute. I worked as regional planning officer with the South West Regional Authority in Ireland for five years and as part of the technical team on the development of the South West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022. I have spent a further 10 years working in local and regional government in the field of regional and urban planning & development and implementing this via cross disciplinary and cross sectoral teams through European funded projects, accessing programmes such as ESPON, Interreg, H2020, FP7, ESA & CIFP.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has ample experience in the field of sustainable and integrated urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have been involved in the design, coordination, implementation and/or management of over 20 successfully funded European projects pertaining to sustainable development across subject areas, each one including significant elements of transnational exchange and learning activities. My involvement in these activities ranged from participant, facilitator, reporter and designer of these activities. Projects included Interreg Atlantic Area projects on the topics of sustainable tourism development (PORT ATLANT, SALAR & MMIAH: role of supporting the project manager & project design respectively) Supporting cluster development, innovation & SME internationalisation (AT Clusters, NAVAL 4.0 & Consortex, Atlantic Food Export & Atlantic Digital Startup Academy: role of PM and project design respectively) Social Innovation (Atlantic Social Lab: role of project design) Interreg Europe projects such as Innovafoster on the topic of developing regional innovation ecosystems as drivers of sustainable regional development (project design), & DESUR on the topic of promoting greater CSR amongst SMEs and greater recognition of it's value to sustainable development (project manager).
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has broad experience with exchange and learning processes at transnational level. Her experience in EU funded projects is remarkable.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English is my mother tongue, I speak fluently with excellent communication skills.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicants mother tongue is English

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Presenting case studies and often complex ideas and solutions for discussion has been common practice during my work over the last 15 years both in terms of my involvement in European projects and as a planning professional where I was afforded speaking opportunities in diverse audiences in member states including Poland, Spain & Belgium. I have been an advocate for port city regeneration and spoke on the case of Cork at a CoR meeting in Gdansk, on foot of this and resulting from my ability to effectively communicate to an audience of non English speakers I was invited to speak on the subject at a work shop in Brussels and a summer school in San Sebastian. Visual tools are extremely helpful in explaining complex ideas, I've used visual diagrams in powerpoint and prezi for this purpose and when available short video clips, particularly animated clips have proved very effective.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple examples of situations where she has communicated complex concepts to non-English speakers. Examples of relevant support tools are also provided.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
The following provide some appropriate examples of outputs I collaboratively produced capturing exchange of transnational learning & experience, this was also captured during the various final conferences and the reports of the various EU projects in which I was involved. ▪ O'Suilleabhain, D., Crowley, E., Walsh, M., Hobbs, J. and Byrne, E (2014), BeWiser - Consultation & Literature Review, An examination of the structures of governance and strategic plans in existence in each of the BeWiser partner countries and regions pertaining to ICT, wireless technologies and cyber security. June 1st, Cork, Ireland. Available online @ www.be-wiser.eu ▪ DG Connect (2013) SABER Final report on Satellite Broadband as an option for Regions. Available at: www.project-saber.eu ▪ Chambers Ireland (2013) The Sustainability Factor – Corporate Social Responsibility & SMEs - An information booklet produced in collaboration with Chambers Ireland as part of the DESUR project. July 17th 2013, Cork, Ireland. Available online @ www.chambers.ie
C3.2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant has provided examples here of documents that capture exchange and learning experiences at the end of a project rather than outputs that stimulate the exchange of experiences and knowledge at transnational level.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Means of capturing and documenting learning during transnational exchange events have included using a flip chart to document main points, photos of this can be taken away in the immediate term before circulating a meeting report including key learning points and actions arising. I've used an animator at larger events this is an interesting, visual and engaging way of capturing learning during events. During larger sessions with break out tables I've used a rapporteur system where each table appoints a rapporteur to report back to the larger group on key outcomes, this is later documented into a final report.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has provided examples to a low extent under the box for C 3.3, but if we look at the documents under C 3.2, she is experienced in this field.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
As part of my advocacy work on influencing policy towards supporting the regeneration of port cities, particularly the smaller cities with less capacity to access large loans, my presentations on the city of Cork contributed to the European Parliament briefing of May 2017 on EU port cities and port area regeneration. The BEWISER Cluster Internationalisation Best Practices Guide is another appropriate example incorporating good practices & policy messages as well as the ATClusters Analysis & benchmarking of cluster policy report. The Rethinking Entrepreneurship Heteroox & Orthodox Approach reports are an appropriate example in relation to documented best practices relating to entrepreneurship.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple examples of reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Eileen is a highly experienced development professional having worked for local and regional government in Ireland for over 15 years specialising in the fields of regional and urban planning & economic development. Eileen is an expert on EU funding programmes having participated in the design, implementation and/or management of over 20 successful funding proposals within programmes such as Interreg, ESPON, FP7, H2020, ESA, EIT/KIC & CIFP implementing various regional development actions. Eileen is an experienced facilitator, working in transnational environments, she has worked with over 120 partners across 22 countries from across sectors and disciplines in working towards shared development goals. She has designed, facilitated and reported on multiple exchange and learning activities within these programmes and advocated for policy change on behalf of her region at a European level.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the field of Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities. The summary is concise and coherent with her CV.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Competitiveness was a key study area during my BA in European Development Studies at UCC. This culminated in the production of my dissertation entitled 'An Evaluation of R&D expenditure in Andalucia'. I continued my work on this theme during my time as Project Executive with the South West Regional Authority working on project such as 'South West Broadband' (ESA), SALAR & Port ATLANT (Interreg). Each of these projects supported entrepreneurship & SME competitiveness. Bringing broadband to remote areas of Cork & Kerry was critical to enable entrepreneurship to blossom in remote locations, moreover it was critical to the competitiveness of businesses in these areas, with whom I engaged closely and who acted as a test bed for satellite broadband. Through SALAR I worked with local stakeholders to create and deliver a training programme to local anglers in order to work as Salmon anglers and to develop that tourism sector. In collaboration with local tourism businesses in PORT ATLANT we developed a branding and marketing strategy to promote small ports across partner regions as tourism destinations thus promoting SME competitiveness through place marketing. Later through my work as project manager including researching and contributing to reports & study visits in Rethinking Entrepreneurship, AT Clusters, BEWISER & REMCAP I focused more on promoting entrepreneurship and SME competitiveness through cluster support and development. My experience enabled the successful CULT CREATE.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has ample experience in the field of entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs, particularly in European Projects.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
The following are a sample of the documentation which I produced or contributed to the production of during my working life to date (non exhaustive list) ▪Crowley, E. (2002) An Evaluation of the R&D expenditure in Andalusia (dissertation) Department of Geography, University College Cork, Ireland. ▪ AtClusters: Analysis & Benchmarking of Cluster Policy (2010) ▪ RETHE: Heterodox Approach Report: Transnational Visits & Experiences (2010) ▪ RETHE: Orthodox Approach Report: Transnational Visits & Experiences (2010) ▪ DESUR newsletters 2012 -2015 ▪ DG Connect (2013) SABER Final report on Satellite Broadband as an option for Regions. Available at: www.project-saber.eu ▪ REMCAP: Cluster Characterisation & complementarity report (2013) ▪BEWISER: Building Enterprises – Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions: Joint Action Plan (2015) ▪Innovafoster Ecosystem Diagnosis Cork (2017)
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple examples of reports that feed in the learning process at transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As part of my participation in the above projects I have delivered multiple presentations to local and transnational audiences on progress being made within those projects this included presenting to political representatives & city practitioners on a regular basis. I also produced press releases, newsletters, contributed to web updates throughout the project lifecycle, summarizing key project learnings and using appropriate media tools in order to reach specific target audiences. My involvement in EU projects helped to inform my work as regional planner at the local level when creating regional planning documents such as South West Regional Planning Guidelines & Atlantic Gateways.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has provided proof of her experience in translating learning and exchange activities to concrete policy messages for city practitioners and policy-makers.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I have designed and managed the communications & dissemination work packages of several EU projects including that of DESUR (Developing Sustainable Regions through Responsible SMEs), Atlantic Food Export & Atlantic Digital StartUp Academy where I also contributed to the development of the capitalisation work packages. Steps I take in designing these strategies include defining the communication objectives of the project including the key messages it wants to deliver, defining the target groups who we wish to reach and finally defining and timing the activities, key deliverables and partner roles which need be achieved in order to reach our objectives, this includes tailoring our communications method, language, style and medium in order to reach those target audiences. For example in Atlantic Digital StartUp Academy we target digital SMEs so our digital strategy was critical in reaching the target audience with a focus on social media, video clips, live streaming etc. In terms of the capitalisation the associated partners were recognised as playing a key role in having SME initiatives piloted within the project mainstreamed within the partner regions, as well as connecting with related projects and networks across Europe so that he learnings are embedded and built upon.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided examples of capitalisation and dissemination approaches that she has applied in other projects.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have designed, mentored project managers on the delivery of and managed multiple projects relating to entrepreneurship & SME competitiveness across programmes such as FP7, Interreg Europe, Interreg Atlantic Area, KIC & ESA. My funding successes are thanks to my deep understanding of the subjects informed through my BA in European Development Studies, my dissertation An Evaluation of R&D Expenditure in Andalucia and its impact on the competitiveness of the region and of course my continual growth in knowledge & experience gained through involvement in each project. I've engaged with businesses to improve their competitiveness & promote entrepreneurship across sectors including tourism, cultural & creative, digital, agri-food, maritime & ICT (non exhaustive). Project aims included delivering broadband in remote areas promoting entrepreneurship & competitveness, using best practice examples in entrepreneurship & business development to influence policy, business mentoring & support for internationalisation, incorporating CSR into the business model, cluster support, place branding. Thanks to my experience in all parts of the project life cycle & having worked with more than 70 partners across 14 countries promoting competitiveness, business development & entrepreneurship specifically I worked to develop the capacity of staff in councils in order to access EU funding in this area & to implement projects in an inclusive, effective, sustainable and participative manner.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the theme of Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs. The summary is coherent and concise and matches the CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Economic development was a key study area in my primary degree of European Development Studies from University College Cork and it culminated in the production of my dissertation entitled 'An Evaluation of R&D expenditure in Andalucia' where I looked at the impact of R&D expenditure on the competiveness of the region. My work continued in this area of interest in the South West Regional Authority in projects such as 'South West Broadband' (ESA), SALAR & Port ATLANT (Interreg). Each of these projects supported economic development within the partner regions. Bringing broadband to remote areas of Cork & Kerry was critical to enable economic growth & sustainability . Through SALAR I worked with local stakeholders promote angling as a tourism product. In collaboration with local tourism businesses in PORT ATLANT we developed a branding and marketing strategy to promote small ports across partner regions as tourism destinations thus promoting economic development through place marketing. My work in the economic development department of Cork City Council and within multiple EU projects has provided me with hands on experience this subject from the importance of attracting FDI, to supporting indigenous SMEs, place making, cluster support & development as the backbone of the local economy, smart specialisation. My contribution to South West Regional Planning Guidelines and the Atlantic Gateways Initiative documents was also hugely advantageous.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has sufficient experience both educationally and professionally in the field of Local Economic Development.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
▪Crowley, E. (2002) An Evaluation of the R&D expenditure in Andalusia (dissertation) Department of Geography, University College Cork, Ireland. ▪ Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government (2006) Atlantic Gateways Initiative: Achieving Critical Mass. Available @ www.irishspatialstrategy.ie ▪ Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government (2007) Atlantic Gateways Corridor Development Frameworks – Overview report. Available @www.housing.gov.ie ▪ South West Regional Authority (2009) South West Bioenergy Plan 2009-2020. Available on request. ▪ South West Regional Authority (2010) South West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010 -2014. Available online @ www.southernassembly.ie ▪ DG Connect (2013) SABER Final report on Satellite Broadband as an option for Regions. Available at: www.project-saber.eu ▪ Walsh, B., Crowley E., Hobbs, J., and Byrne, E. (2014) Bottom up Policy for Growth: A V-LINC Analysis of West Cork’s Agri-Food Cluster Ecosystem, with a focus on the dairy industry. www.cit.ie/vlinc ▪ O'Suilleabhain, D., Crowley, E., Walsh, M., Hobbs, J. and Byrne, E (2014), BeWiser - Consultation & Literature Review, An examination of the structures of governance and strategic plans in existence in each of the BeWiser partner countries and regions pertaining to ICT, wireless technologies and cyber security. June 1st, Cork, Ireland. Available online @ www.be-wiser.eu
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides more than two examples of thematic inputs produced to feed the learning process at transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As part of my participation in the above projects I have delivered multiple presentations to local and transnational audiences on progress being made within those projects this included presenting to political representatives, local/regional council & city practitioners on a regular basis. I also produced press releases, newsletters, contributed to web updates throughout the project lifecycle, summarizing key project learnings and using appropriate media tools in order to reach specific target audiences. My involvement in EU projects helped to inform my work as regional planner at the local level when creating regional planning documents such as South West Regional Planning Guidelines & Atlantic Gateways and developing joint action plans.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has provided proof of her experience in translating learning and exchange activities to concrete policy messages for city practitioners and policy-makers.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I have designed and managed the communications & dissemination work packages of several EU projects including that of DESUR (Developing Sustainable Regions through Responsible SMEs), Atlantic Food Export & Atlantic Digital StartUp Academy where I also contributed to the development of the capitalisation work packages. Steps I take in designing these strategies include defining the communication objectives of the project including the key messages it wants to deliver, defining the target groups who we wish to reach and finally defining and timing the activities, key deliverables and partner roles which need be achieved in order to reach our objectives, this includes tailoring our communications method, language, style and medium in order to reach those target audiences. For example in Atlantic Digital StartUp Academy we target digital SMEs so our digital strategy was critical in reaching the target audience with a focus on social media, video clips, live streaming etc. In terms of the capitalisation the associated partners were recognised as playing a key role in having SME initiatives piloted within the project mainstreamed within the partner regions, as well as connecting with related projects and networks across Europe so that he learnings are embedded and built upon.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided examples of capitalisation and dissemination approaches that she has applied in other projects.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Studying the historic economic and industrial development of Europe in my primary degree gave me an excellent foundation in the principles of economic development from which to launch my career. My MA in Town & Country planning helped to inform my understanding of integrating economic development into sustainable urban & regional planning. I've spent over 15 years working in local and regional government in the field of sustainable economic development within regions and cities. I've accessed €3.75million in EU funding for economic development projects for my city & region alone during my career working with over 140 partners across 22 countries. Topics range from ensuring the provision of infrastructure soft & hard to promote economic development, supporting the development growth & innovation of indigenous SMEs across sectors, the importance of place making , place branding, culture & creativity as drivers of economic growth, destination marketing, inclusivity, cluster support & development. Thanks to this depth of experience and learning and having been involved in multiple projects throughout the lifecycle I now work in mentoring others to access EU funding in this area & to implement projects in an inclusive, effective, sustainable and participative manner.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the thematic field of Local Economic Development. Her application is coherent with the CV. The Summary is appropriate.
Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I gained my appreciation & knowledge of Urban Strategic Planning through my MA in Town & Country Planning. I built on this foundation through my work in both regional government and in Cork City Council. I acted as sole planning officer for the South West Regional Authority, responsible for developing the regional submission to the capital plan of 2007-2013. I was responsible for providing policy responses from the regional authority in relation to strategic planning issues and development proposals. I was part of the technical team on the creation of the Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 (RPGs) & on the Atlantic Gateways Initiatives & associated corridor framework documents. We sought EU funded projects as a means to implement policies set out in the RPGs. Since joining the city council in Cork I have advocated across Europe at multiple events on behalf of small port cities for greater European support in helping them to meet the challenges of regeneration recognising their potential as beacons of sustainable urbanisation given the right supports. I wrote the successful ESPON TA proposal ENSURE – European Sustainable Urbanisation through Port City Regeneration with Cork as lead partner and I secured Cork a place on the Urban Agenda Partnership on Sustainable Land Use & Nature Based Solutions growing our policy shaping voice for strategic change. Moreover I advised management on the array of funding & financing mechanisms available for the strategic development of Cork.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple examples of projects in which she has been involved that relate to Urban Strategic Planning. Also, her educational background in this field is relevant.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
▪ Crowley, E. (2007) An Evaluation of Regional Planning in Ireland since 1994 (Dissertation) Faculty of the Build Environment, UWE Bristol, UK. ▪ ENSURE – European Sustainable Urbanisation through Port City Regeneration (ESPON TA application) ▪ Urban Agenda Partnership on Sustainable Land Use and Nature Based Solutions
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides some examples of projects, but it is unclear in what way these are thematic inputs.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Here are some appropriate examples of which I authored or contributed to. ▪ ENSURE – European Sustainable Urbanisation through Port City Regeneration (ESPON TA) ▪ Urban Agenda for the EU (2017) Orientation Paper Sustainable Use of Land & Nature Based Solutions www.ec.europe.eu ▪ Urban Agenda for the EU (2017) Orientation Paper Sustainable Use of Land & Nature Based Solutions www.ec.europe.eu ▪ Crowley, E. (2017) Regeneration in the Port City - The Case of Cork. Presentation delivered on the invitation of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa at the University of the Basque Country summer school on Urban Regeneration 13th September. Available @ www.uik.eus ▪ Crowley, E. (2017) The Case of Cork: Relocation of port activities to regenerate the city. Presentation at a CoR/Maltese presidency workshop in Brussels, May 2017, which went on to inform EU parliament briefing paper 'EU port cities and port area regeneration'. Available online @ www.cor.europa.eu ▪ Crowley, E. (2016) Transforming the Port of Cork in Harmony with its city. Presentation to inform the European Alliance meeting in Gdynia, resulting in the Gdynia Declaration on Developing an EU policy for the regeneration of port cities. May 2016. Available online @ www.cor.europa.eu ▪ South West Regional Authority (2010) South West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010 -2014. ▪ Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government (2006) Atlantic Gateways Initiative: Achieving Critical Mass.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple relevant examples of reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages for an audience of city practitioners and policy-makers.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I have designed and managed the communications & dissemination work packages of several EU projects including that of DESUR (Developing Sustainable Regions through Responsible SMEs), Atlantic Food Export & Atlantic Digital StartUp Academy where I also contributed to the development of the capitalisation work packages. Crucial steps I take in this work include defining the communication objectives of the project including the key messages it wants to deliver, defining the target groups who we wish to reach and finally defining and timing the activities, key deliverables and partner roles which need be achieved in order to reach our objectives, this includes tailoring our communications method, language, style and medium in order to reach those target audiences. In terms of the ESPON & the Urban Agenda for example working with local political representatives including members of the Committee of the regions is important in getting learning transferred to policy. Using membership of transnational networks such as ICLEI, CAAC etc is also crucial in the capitalization process, as well as speaking opportunities at transnational events to ensure a strong impact. In the ESPON TA I secured the support of the RFSC, ECTP-CEU & the Academy of Urbanism as associate partners, including these in the learning process will be key to growing the support for political & financial support for port city regeneration across Europe.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided examples of capitalisation and dissemination approaches that she has applied in other projects.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Eileen gained her appreciation of Urban Strategic Planning from her MA in Town & Country Planning & built on this foundation through her work in both regional & local government in Ireland. She acted as planning officer for the South West Regional Authority, developing the regional submission to the capital plan of 2007-2013. She provided policy responses on strategic planning issues & development proposals. She was part of the technical team creating the Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 (RPGs) & on the Atlantic Gateways Initiative. She identified & managed EU funded projects to implement policies set out in the strategic planning documents. While working in the city municipality in Cork she advocated across Europe at multiple events on behalf of small port cities for greater European support in helping them to meet the challenges of regeneration recognising their potential as beacons of sustainable urbanisation across Europe & as engines of growth & competitiveness. She wrote the successful ESPON TA proposal ENSURE – European Sustainable Urbanisation through Port City Regeneration with Cork as lead partner & secured Cork a place on the Urban Agenda Partnership on Sustainable Land Use & Nature Based Solutions growing the city's policy shaping voice for strategic change. She advised management on the array of funding & financing mechanisms available for strategic urban development & mentored staff on EU project development & implementation. Member of the IPI.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the field of Urban Strategic Planning. The summary is concise and coherent with her CV.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
As project manager for the South West Regional Authority on the FP7 BEWISER project I designed a round table gathering of over 50 stakeholders from across the triple helix relating to the ICT sector in Cork (including business support organisations, 3rd level institutes & university, local authority representatives, MNCs and SMEs operating in the sector). The aim was to define the main strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats in the region in terms of growing and developing the ICT cluster. The methodology was replicated across partner regions and the results were collated into individual local action plans and a combined transnational joint action plan. The results were shared with associated partners including government departments with a policy remit. I facilitated roundtable discussions during the public workshops as part of the public consultation on the review of the Tivoli & City Docks Local Area Plans in Cork - this required the use of my experience in conflict resolution, harnessing the energy and different view points around the table to focus on drawing out the key strategic development issues in these areas and balancing the interests and needs of individuals for the best outcome for the entire community. My communications skills were essential in this regard.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides a clear example of a project in which she has designed a method to support the production of local policies, specifically local action plans. Combined with her work in local governments over the last 15 years, we can assume the applicant has more than 2 years of experience in this field.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
As part of the technical team on the South West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 I participated in the creation of this strategic planning document from beginning to end including a review and evaluation of the 2004 Regional Planning Guidelines, the drafting of the issues paper, communication during public consultation periods, collecting and summarizing submissions received, reporting to council, drafting of the final document. Once adopted the I was responsible for monitoring the implementation of the guidelines, through quarterly meetings with senior planners in each of the local authorities within the region and stakeholders from regional development agencies and central government. Later this became more formalised when legislation required the production of core strategies outlining that CORE strategies should be produced by local authorities outlining their alignment with regional policy.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided one clear example of monitoring and evaluating local urban policies. Some examples of monitoring techniques are mentioned.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Having spent 15 years accessing EU funding for regional and urban sustainable development projects I have developed a deep understanding and knowledge of the various funding programmes and financing mechanisms and instruments available to support the sustainable development of cities and regions. I've channelled €8.75million (€3.75 competitive) in funding to South West Ireland alone throughout my career in collaboration with more than 110 transnational partners across 22 countries. I have a keen personal interest in city financing and investment and this keeps me interested in continually researching and keeping up to date with funding calls, programmes and opportunities. I am particularly interested in synergising different opportunities and collaborations for increased impact. I have accessed funding under FP7, H2020, Interreg Europe, Interreg Atlantic Area, CIP, ClimateKIC, ESA & ESPON.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has knowledge of a broad share of funding opportunities and programmes. It is safe to assume that she posesses relevant knowledge in this field.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
During the BEWISER project the methodology I designed for the regional roundtables including questions needed to be adapted according to the conditions present at local level e.g. participation rates varied from region to region from very high to very low, in one instance a single roundtable sufficed as opposed to multiple breakout tables. The methodology was altered accordingly. Furthermore the questions were adapted according to context sensitive the fact cluster policy was more or less developed from region to region, some regions already having a formal cluster supported by policy others being more organic and ad hoc. This flexibility & adaptability is essential in any EU project in which I have been involved since different realities exist from region to region and this has to be considered in the design of the methodology.
E.4 Assessment: 
0: THe applicant does not provide clear examples of how she has adapted tools and content at a local level. The answer provided is not clear.
Summary Expertise: 
Eileen has designed, implemented & managed over 20 EU funded projects relating to sustainable urban and regional development in her career. She also worked as a planner at regional government level and in the creation of integrated & participatory regional planning strategies and local area plans. She has found that multi disciplinary and multi sector participation from across the public, private sectors, civil society & academia was crucial in the development and implementation of these projects and plans. She has developed highly effective communication, mediation & conflict management skills as a result of this experience allowing her to ensure the collaborative efforts remain focused on the strategic aims & objectives of the project and that a coherent vision is created while taking into account the diverse viewpoints of those involved. She is a natural people person, which allows her to effectively engage with and understand others across cultures and backgrounds and she thoroughly enjoys sharing her skills with others and seeing others grow as a result.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the field of expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies. The summary is concise and coherent with the CV.

Informations

Residence location:
Ireland
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
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Email:
crowleyeileen@hotmail.com

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