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Event, Action and Process: the three key areas of Veszprém project with a special focus on culture

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08 April 2020
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The good practice Innova.To, an important landmark for all the Municipalities involved in the project, has been adopted by Veszprém and adapted to the special local context, with a particular focus on cultural services, yet without forgetting the importance of community building and institutional development. 

By Edoardo Paradisi

The choise to focus on cultural services stems from the fact that Veszprém will be “European Capital of Culture” (“ECoC”) for year 2023. Another reason is that Veszprém has already an eventful cultural life, and offers a wide range of programmes for the inhabitants and the visitors.

The core of Turin’s Innovato.To project - how to involve the employees of the public administration into the process, how to motivate them to take part in an innovative idea contest – has been the subject since the first Veszprem ULG meeting in April 2019.

After Murcia transnational meeting in June 2019 Innovato-R team of Veszprem got a clearer vision on his tasks and decided to organise a competition open to the employees of the Municipality, its institutions and Municipality-owned public companies. Like Turin’s, Veszprém’s projects consisted of an online competition, based on a platform where participants could share their ideas by dividing them in 3 categories - event, action, and process. The proposals could thus refer to ideas to renew cultural offer of Veszprém, to support internal actions at the workplace, or to suggest reforms of institutional processes.

The call was launched on September 9th 2019 after a strong work started in June to develop and to describe the concept, as well as to realise the platform. The deadline for submission of the proposals was the end of November. 

An important step for the call was the meeting with the leaders of the eligible institutions on September 18th, in which the Mayor of Veszprém Gyula Porga ensured his overall support to the project and requested the institutions to take part in it.

During the Week of Innovation five face-to-face workshops were organised to encourage creativity. They gave evidence of the importance of an effective communication, of personal contacts and closed conversations with employees. Indeed, the first 20 ideas submitted until the end of October, became 58 after the Week of Innovation, the final 8 ones being uploaded on the last day, 1 idea just a few minutes before midnight deadline.

Here are some of the most relevant results of pilot test:

  • 43 people submitted the 58 applications;
  • 84.5% (49) of the applications were submitted individually and 15.5% (9) were sent in groups;
  • Most of the proposals came in the “Event” category (31), which is 53.4% of the total number of proposals;
  • 15 ideas (25.9%) were received in the “Action” and 12 applications (20.7%) in the “Process” categories;
  • Users were satisfied with the platform: it performed its role properly and it will be used in the future for similar surveys.

In January, after defining an evaluation system, ULG made the decision on the winning applications:

  • Three ideas from the “Event” category were awarded - "All Nation’s Dance Festival", "Green Walls, Green Roofs" and "Interactive Gastronomic Day" projects  and a  Special Prize - “Veszprem European Capital of Culture 2023” was awarded for the project "Veszprém Cultural Route Pass";
  • Three ideas from the “Action” category were awarded "Refreshing Moments - with spinal exercises for healthier workdays", "Reunion- with coffee break" and  "Picnic at work" projects and a Special Prize - “Veszprem European Capital of Culture 2023” was awarded  for two projects with the same title and content "Neighbouring";
  • As for “Process” category Veszprem Municipality chose the projects named “Amphitheatre – The open-air library”.

At the end of January 2020 a public presentation of the results took place. Among the further promised prizes there is the opportunity to take part to the transnational meeting in Porto.  

Next steps of Veszprém team are now to better understand the characteristics of each idea, to find the best way to implement it. At the same time it will be necessary to analyse methodologies to reach future sustainability of the Innovato-R project and to communicate it.