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Ian

Goldring

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have a Masters and a Post Grad from the main Barcelona School of Architecture and Urbanism, both directly concerning strategies for developing and promoting cities, as well as best practice in Urban Planning. I have published academically and professionally on urban development issues. E.g.: 'Getting Hooked – Becoming an Event City', on the use of Event Strategies for Promoting and Developing Non-Capital or Peripheral Cities’, International Planning and History Studies Society 2004 http://www.etsav.upc.es/personals/iphs2004/eng/en-pap.htm – OPENCities Final Report, 2011, explaining this URBACT network’s findings on sustainable strategies to city economic development – based on complementarities of migrant inclusion and international attractiveness to investors, companies – i.e. strategies to attract international HR, FDI, global branding etc. are unsustainable in cities unable to successful manage their own diversity http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/Projects/Open_Cities/outputs_media/OPENCities_Project_Report.pdf I regularly attend specialised conferences and events on Sustainable Urban Development throughout Europe, and stay abreast of related EU policy, e.g. on Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD)
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a solid educational and professional background in integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have years of experience participating in, designing, implementing and evaluating transnational exchange and learning. Some examples: As Lead Expert for JobTown, 2012-15, I developed and led a Knowledge Transfer approach to organizational learning across the URBACT network, designed to embed individual learning from Transnational Workshops into the organisations participants belonged to. As external evaluator for e-Learning 4 e-Inclusion, 2002-4, I evaluated transnational learning and exchange activities and platforms (digital and non-digital), across an extensive range of stakeholders including American academics and Spanish Roma. As Thematic Coordinator for the REALISE project, 2011-13, I developed and led an iterative transnational peer exchange and action learning process, designed to produce and implement action plans in each partner organization. I have assisted the EU’s Eastern Partnership Youth Regional Unit in conducting exchange and learning activities; through Workshops I led, in Belarus and Azerbaijan. I have given workshops for SALTO-Youth – aimed at youth workers and involving formal and non-formal learning approaches – and Erasmus+ – for staff of their national agencies. As a university instructor I have designed, implemented and evaluated the learning of students from all over the world. I have training in pedagogical techniques and participated in many workshops on learning and exchange.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a deep understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I am a native speaker of English with an advanced level of education. I have extensive experience in: Public speaking – both through my work, and participation in Toastmasters and an improv theater group – e.g. me chairing a policy panel in Brussels: https://youtu.be/5RwqkHe_wnU?list=PL6o6IzAiL4rrtfywiUjktWYRrXlkAJiEU Professional writing – reports, publications, posters and communication materials – e.g. See the recent set of 5 JobTown Learning Modules and the Final Publication, which I produced as lead Expert, on the URBACT website, or here: https://projectworks.wordpress.com/publications/ Creative writing – e.g. literary translation into English from other languages https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/disorder/id542923119?mt=11
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is a native speaker.

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

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Explaining complex concepts to non-English speakers is a large part of my day-to-day life in Brussels & in my work elsewhere. In my work I am regularly called on to explain complicated or specialised topics to non-natives &/or non-specialists. I’ve frequently been hired by SALTO to explain & make accessible economic & labour market issues & explain how these issues relate to the work of European youth workers – a group of people with typically little or no background in economics, finance or labour market studies. In the URBACT projects I have worked on, & others, I am continually coming into contact with all sorts stakeholders & citizens, local press etc. to whom I have to explain what a project is, why it is doing what it does & how it can be a good thing for them & their community, & deal with scepticism etc. As a teacher most of my students are non-natives. Some examples of supports: A presentation on Labour Market issues and trends for E+ National Agency staff in Tallinn, all non-native: https://goo.gl/FxxGvL A video I produced giving an overview of the achievements of the JobTown partners, used as a support for the Final Conference in Brussels (audience majority non-native) https://youtu.be/IxLtFMW7XRo A publication meant to make various employment & labour market concepts & policies accessible to Youth Workers: https://goo.gl/RDEmAa A video overview of the contents of a conference on Social Innovation an Enterprise I produced for JobTown https://goo.gl/cwZ0ss
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a very good ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
I regularly lead discussions to bring out knowledge within a group, moderate panels and peer exchange to bring out understanding and insight and conduct interviews with a mix of structured and unstructured elements, closed & open questions. With planned panel or roundtable I usually contact the participants, or their assistants, beforehand to identify aspects of the issue about which they are particularly suited to contribute, and to brief them so they are prepared to participate well and hold up their end of the discussion. I have often been invited to repeat as a moderator by people who appreciated the effort I made to bring out the best in their own participation. JobTown study visit template, designed to help partners fully capitalize on their study visits & facilitate structured comparison across the reporting on those visits: https://goo.gl/Ab7tk7 Template to draw out and support the verbalisation of feedback in Active Learning Sessions supporting the development of Pilot Interventions in the REALISE project https://goo.gl/khNBsp
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides relevant examples of outputs he prepared to support the learning process, showcasing his ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
I regularly extract and synthesise learning from Transnational exchange – e.g. ‘Inclusion through Employability - approaches to youth employment’ was largely based on learning captured at structured peer exchange events, with some follow up to finalise the text. Some examples of relevant documents Knowledge Transfer Workshop Toolkit 1, document produced to capture knowledge & experience exchanged at JobTown’s June 2013 Transnational Workshop https://goo.gl/H7dDMl Knowledge Transfer Workshop Toolkit 2, document produced to capture knowledge & experience exchanged at JobTown’s October 2013 Transnational Workshop https://goo.gl/yxt9P4 Knowledge Transfer Workshop Toolkit 3, document produced to capture knowledge & experience exchanged at JobTown’s March 2014 Transnational Workshop https://goo.gl/Kum4cp Knowledge Transfer Workshop Toolkit 4, document produced to capture knowledge & experience exchanged at JobTown’s June 2014 Transnational Workshop https://goo.gl/gRDDoA Knowledge Transfer Workshop Toolkit 5, document produced to capture knowledge & experience exchanged at JobTown’s Oct. 2014 Transnational Workshop https://goo.gl/4ZguH4
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides a number of relevant examples, showcasing his strong ability to capture learning for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I regularly produce reports on good practice and conveying policy messages, some examples: – For the Final JobTown conference I produced a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and Commission, which were very well received by policy-relevant MEPs and high-level EC staff, who pledged to incorporate them into their own work &/or use them as reference. See: JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commissionhttps://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf – For the REALISE project I produced a final report, which described and recommended a range of good practice, combined with certain policy messages. Part of the strategy was to communicate these messages through the voices of other, credible persons – i.e. via the forewords – which can be very effective: ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I have extensive experience in URBACT and several other EU programmes – as well as through teaching university – designing, implementing and evaluating formal and non-formal learning methods and tools. I have led numerous transnational projects, and participated in many more; working with all sorts of actors from civil society, politics, public administrations, the private sector, religious and ethnic minorities, and so forth – from all over Europe and farther afield. I am an experienced and flexible communicator, used to working with diverse groups and audiences, in formal and informal settings, as a public speaker, moderator or trainer.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, with a score of 3 out of 3 for C1, 4 out of 4 for C2, and 4 out of 4 for C3. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Local economic development JobTown, for which I was Lead Expert 2012-5, looked at strategies for local economic development and for youth employment as intertwined. In JobTown I established a partnership agreement with the OECD and their program for Local Economic and Employment Development (see foreword https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/final-publication-jobtown.pdf ). As part of this partnership I gave a presentation at the OECD’s April 24-5 2014 Stockholm transnational meeting ‘JOB CREATION JUST AHEAD: BUILDING ADAPTABLE LOCAL LABOUR MARKETS’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/10th_fpld_meeting_speakers.pdf OPENCities, for which I was Lead Expert 2010-1, concerning openness as a strategy for local economic development and competitiveness in a globalised context. 2007 I was project manager for a Socrates-Grundtvig Project Coordinator, ‘Creative Industries’, concerning through local economic development based on Cultural Industries and Clusters. In My Masters and Post–grad studies I studied city strategies and policy for development, city (re)branding, promotional strategies, investment attraction, and so on
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates strong educational and professional experience in the field of Local Economic Development and related policy challenges.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Some relevant examples of thematic inputs produced to feed into a learning process at transnational level: JobTown Learning Module n. 1 ‘On Developing Effective Local Partnerships for the Advancement of Youth Employment and Opportunity’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/developing-effective-partnerships.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 3 ‘On Analysis and Forecasting of Skills Demand and Supply, on Real Local Labour Markets · Approaches and Rationale · Effective and Affordable Tools’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-analysis-forecasting-learning-module-3.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 5 ‘On Social Innovation and Enterprise – Doing More With Less’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-social-innovation-enterprise-jobtown-learning-module-5.pdf These are the English language versions, the same Learning Modules are available translated into several languages on the URBACT website.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Some examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages for practitioners and policy makers: – OPENCities final report (very well received by Commission officials): https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/opencities_project_report.pdf – REALISE Final Report ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level, with Forewords by Nadja Hirsch MEP’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commission https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf URBACT Blog post ‘What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe’ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/01/what-i-learnt-at-winter-school-about-skills-and-jobs-in-europe/
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In JobTown I wrote a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament & Commission based on 3 years of observation & input from partners & stakeholders. The purpose was to inform policy design & raise awareness in these institutions, targeting people involved with the relevant policy dossiers https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf These were very well received e.g. –Ulrike Storost, Team Leader, Youth Employment, DG Employment praised the Recommendations & declared she would incorporate some, in particular those concerning organizational learning in youth employment projects. Likewise she requested to be updated on how this aspect of JobTown developed, which I did following up on the Final Reporting from partners at project end –Terry Reintke MEP on the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, pledged to use the recommendations & project outputs as reference for her Committee work. By partnering with the OECD throughout JobTown I obtained their dissemination support–e.g. at their 2014 Annual Jobs conference in Stockholm, supporting our own events & contributing to & disseminating our outputs Locally I advised the partners on building their ULSGs with key local players & decisions makers to maximize potential benefits, uptake & awareness raising amongst the locally influential. The Workshops were capitalized on by the partners, with my advice–e.g. Gondomar adopted the Labour Market Analysis tools presented in Work
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and raising awareness.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have extensive experience (see CV) supporting specialised learning through transnational exchange and/or local partnership on city issues – regeneration, strategic planning and governance – and inclusion and labour market issues – local employment policy, skill demand and supply, and inclusion measures for at risk groups. I focus on working with participants to co-create exchange and learning activities in terms of their real needs and priorities – What are their goals? What interests them? What would be really useful to them? I have a long track record of producing clear and accessible reports, documentation, blogs, video etc., with actionable information on policy and practice – geared for their respective audiences (policy makers, practitioners, general public, press etc.). As a seasoned URBACT Lead Expert, I know to use a project as a vehicle for procuring practical impact on policy design and participants’ local circumstances – during and after the project – and as a means to obtain buy in from key local actors, raising awareness amongst those whose support is needed.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Local Economic Development" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.
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 studied Urban Strategic Planning as a major part of my Masters and Post-grad studies. Much of my Master’s thesis and post-grad work was based on primary material I researched in the Barcelona Strategic Planning Office, with the help of Francesc Santacana, General-Coordinator of the Plan. The methodology there used was derived from an approach initiated in San Francisco and imported to Barcelona through Arthur Anderson, and subsequently adapted to a very different set of key stakeholders (this was my introduction to Stakeholder Analysis and mediation) in Barcelona, as opposed to an American context. The Urban Planning and Re-launch of Barcelona around the 1992 Olympic Games was driven by into the Strategic Planning process. Professionally, I’ve worked with numerous Strategic Planning processes and agencies (e.g. Eastern Hungarian Development agency in JobTown) and provided related support services (e.g. Biella, IT 2004, Sant Adrià ES 2004, Albacete Es 2004-5).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates sufficient educational and professional experience in the field of Urban Strategic Planning and related policy challenges.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Some relevant examples of thematic inputs produced to feed into a learning process at transnational level: JobTown Learning Module n. 1 ‘On Developing Effective Local Partnerships for the Advancement of Youth Employment and Opportunity’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/developing-effective-partnerships.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 3 ‘On Analysis and Forecasting of Skills Demand and Supply, on Real Local Labour Markets · Approaches and Rationale · Effective and Affordable Tools’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-analysis-forecasting-learning-module-3.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 5 ‘On Social Innovation and Enterprise – Doing More With Less’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-social-innovation-enterprise-jobtown-learning-module-5.pdf These are the English language versions, the same Learning Modules are available translated into several languages on the URBACT website.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Some examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages for practitioners and policy makers: – OPENCities final report (very well received by Commission officials): https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/opencities_project_report.pdf – REALISE Final Report ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level, with Forewords by Nadja Hirsch MEP’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commission https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf URBACT Blog post ‘What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe’ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/01/what-i-learnt-at-winter-school-about-skills-and-jobs-in-europe/
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, as well as that put forward good practice.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In JobTown I wrote a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament & Commission based on 3 years of observation & input from partners & stakeholders. The purpose was to inform policy design & raise awareness in these institutions, targeting people involved with the relevant policy dossiers https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf These were very well received e.g. –Ulrike Storost, Team Leader, Youth Employment, DG Employment praised the Recommendations & declared she would incorporate some, in particular those concerning organizational learning in youth employment projects. Likewise she requested to be updated on how this aspect of JobTown developed, which I did following up on the Final Reporting from partners at project end –Terry Reintke MEP on the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, pledged to use the recommendations & project outputs as reference for her Committee work. By partnering with the OECD throughout JobTown I obtained their dissemination support–e.g. at their 2014 Annual Jobs conference in Stockholm, supporting our own events & contributing to & disseminating our outputs Locally I advised the partners on building their ULSGs with key local players & decisions makers to maximize potential benefits, uptake & awareness raising amongst the locally influential. The Workshops were capitalized on by the partners, with my advice–e.g. Gondomar adopted the Labour Market Analysis tools presented in Work
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides a valid example showcasing his deep understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have extensive experience (see CV) supporting specialised learning through transnational exchange and/or local partnership on city issues – regeneration, strategic planning and governance – and inclusion and labour market issues – local employment policy, skill demand and supply, and inclusion measures for at risk groups. I focus on working with participants to co-create exchange and learning activities in terms of their real needs and priorities – What are their goals? What interests them? What would be really useful to them? I have a long track record of producing clear and accessible reports, documentation, blogs, video etc., with actionable information on policy and practice – geared for their respective audiences (policy makers, practitioners, general public, press etc.). As a seasoned URBACT Lead Expert, I know to use a project as a vehicle for procuring practical impact on policy design and participants’ local circumstances – during and after the project – and as a means to obtain buy in from key local actors, raising awareness amongst those whose support is needed.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Strategic Urban Planning" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As a graduate student of Urbanism (Masters, Post-Grad) I have a specialist understanding of Urban Renewal – the various schools of thought and debates around it (Jane Jacobs et al). Regularly attending specialist conferences and policy events in Brussels, I am well versed in the Commission’s current emphasis on integrated approaches to urban development (e.g. ITI) and its basis on Functional (e.g. Functional Urban Area, Functional Economic Area [popular in Anglo Saxon countries], Functional Economic Units [OECD & DG Regio) etc.) approaches to territory. In JobTown I worked closely with the Functional Economic Area ‘London Stansted Cambridge Corridor’, as Enfield, one of the partners, was part of the LSCC. See: https://projectworks.wordpress.com/blog-posts/functional-economic-area-video-case-study-series/
D1 Assessment: 
0: Demonstrated less than two years of experience in having deep knowledge in the field of Integrated Urban Renewal and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. The applicant has an educational qualification related to the selected theme, but does not complement it with professional experience.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Some relevant examples of thematic inputs produced to feed into a learning process at transnational level: JobTown Learning Module n. 1 ‘On Developing Effective Local Partnerships for the Advancement of Youth Employment and Opportunity’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/developing-effective-partnerships.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 3 ‘On Analysis and Forecasting of Skills Demand and Supply, on Real Local Labour Markets · Approaches and Rationale · Effective and Affordable Tools’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-analysis-forecasting-learning-module-3.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 5 ‘On Social Innovation and Enterprise – Doing More With Less’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-social-innovation-enterprise-jobtown-learning-module-5.pdf These are the English language versions, the same Learning Modules are available translated into several languages on the URBACT website.
D2 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects. The provided examples do not relate to the theme of Integrated Urban Renewal. The provided examples repeat ones that have already been used for other thematic fields.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Some examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages for practitioners and policy makers: – OPENCities final report (very well received by Commission officials): https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/opencities_project_report.pdf – REALISE Final Report ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level, with Forewords by Nadja Hirsch MEP’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commission https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf URBACT Blog post ‘What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe’ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/01/what-i-learnt-at-winter-school-about-skills-and-jobs-in-europe/
D3 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience). The provided examples do not relate to the theme of Integrated Urban Renewal. The provided examples repeat ones that have already been used for other thematic fields.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In JobTown I wrote a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament & Commission based on 3 years of observation & input from partners & stakeholders. The purpose was to inform policy design & raise awareness in these institutions, targeting people involved with the relevant policy dossiers https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf These were very well received e.g. –Ulrike Storost, Team Leader, Youth Employment, DG Employment praised the Recommendations & declared she would incorporate some, in particular those concerning organizational learning in youth employment projects. Likewise she requested to be updated on how this aspect of JobTown developed, which I did following up on the Final Reporting from partners at project end –Terry Reintke MEP on the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, pledged to use the recommendations & project outputs as reference for her Committee work. By partnering with the OECD throughout JobTown I obtained their dissemination support–e.g. at their 2014 Annual Jobs conference in Stockholm, supporting our own events & contributing to & disseminating our outputs Locally I advised the partners on building their ULSGs with key local players & decisions makers to maximize potential benefits, uptake & awareness raising amongst the locally influential. The Workshops were capitalized on by the partners, with my advice–e.g. Gondomar adopted the Labour Market Analysis tools presented in Work
D4 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than one relevant example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. The provided example does not relate to the theme of Integrated Urban Renewal. The provided example repeats one that has already been used for other thematic fields.
Assessment: 
Applicant: I have extensive experience (see CV) supporting specialised learning through transnational exchange and/or local partnership on city issues – regeneration, strategic planning and governance – and inclusion and labour market issues – local employment policy, skill demand and supply, and inclusion measures for at risk groups. I focus on working with participants to co-create exchange and learning activities in terms of their real needs and priorities – What are their goals? What interests them? What would be really useful to them? I have a long track record of producing clear and accessible reports, documentation, blogs, video etc., with actionable information on policy and practice – geared for their respective audiences (policy makers, practitioners, general public, press etc.). As a seasoned URBACT Lead Expert, I know to use a project as a vehicle for procuring practical impact on policy design and participants’ local circumstances – during and after the project – and as a means to obtain buy in from key local actors, raising awareness amongst those whose support is needed. The applicant is rejected for D "Integrated Urban Renewal" with a score of 0 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I am continually involved with local governance issues, these being inseparable from local development and regeneration. Some examples: In JobTown 2012-5, I worked heavily on governance issues: public consultation, Functional Economic Areas, approaches to cost cutting in public administrations etc. (e.g. https://goo.gl/mDhw6w p12) In OPENCities 2010-1, I worked heavily on linking disconnected services to do with social inclusion issues and economic investment and promotion – i.e. the external message of openness and attractiveness had to synch with and be supported by internal inclusion dynamics; a city could not pitch itself as attractive to globalised investment and networks if internally it were failing to manage its own diversity. Data from social affairs issues needed to be fed into city promotion agencies as validation and proof, in support of their efforts to communicate and prove the attractiveness of the city; this involved very practical governance mechanics, connecting departments that were hitherto disconnected, rewriting organigrams, internal communication flows etc. As researcher and author of ‘Demographic Change & Social and Health Services in European Cities’, Eurocities, 2009, I studied the practical implications for governance and service structures of demographic trends – increasing demand, reducing resources, revamped governance and admin structures in response, consultation processes to chart change management, etc.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates knowledge in the field of Local Governance and related policy challenges.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Some relevant examples of thematic inputs produced to feed into a learning process at transnational level: JobTown Learning Module n. 1 ‘On Developing Effective Local Partnerships for the Advancement of Youth Employment and Opportunity’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/developing-effective-partnerships.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 3 ‘On Analysis and Forecasting of Skills Demand and Supply, on Real Local Labour Markets · Approaches and Rationale · Effective and Affordable Tools’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-analysis-forecasting-learning-module-3.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 5 ‘On Social Innovation and Enterprise – Doing More With Less’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-social-innovation-enterprise-jobtown-learning-module-5.pdf These are the English language versions, the same Learning Modules are available translated into several languages on the URBACT website.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides some valid examples demonstrating his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Some examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages for practitioners and policy makers: – OPENCities final report (very well received by Commission officials): https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/opencities_project_report.pdf – REALISE Final Report ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level, with Forewords by Nadja Hirsch MEP’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commission https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf URBACT Blog post ‘What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe’ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/01/what-i-learnt-at-winter-school-about-skills-and-jobs-in-europe/
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates an ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In JobTown I wrote a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament & Commission based on 3 years of observation & input from partners & stakeholders. The purpose was to inform policy design & raise awareness in these institutions, targeting people involved with the relevant policy dossiers https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf These were very well received e.g. –Ulrike Storost, Team Leader, Youth Employment, DG Employment praised the Recommendations & declared she would incorporate some, in particular those concerning organizational learning in youth employment projects. Likewise she requested to be updated on how this aspect of JobTown developed, which I did following up on the Final Reporting from partners at project end –Terry Reintke MEP on the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, pledged to use the recommendations & project outputs as reference for her Committee work. By partnering with the OECD throughout JobTown I obtained their dissemination support–e.g. at their 2014 Annual Jobs conference in Stockholm, supporting our own events & contributing to & disseminating our outputs Locally I advised the partners on building their ULSGs with key local players & decisions makers to maximize potential benefits, uptake & awareness raising amongst the locally influential. The Workshops were capitalized on by the partners, with my advice–e.g. Gondomar adopted the Labour Market Analysis tools presented in Work
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have extensive experience (see CV) supporting specialised learning through transnational exchange and/or local partnership on city issues – regeneration, strategic planning and governance – and inclusion and labour market issues – local employment policy, skill demand and supply, and inclusion measures for at risk groups. I focus on working with participants to co-create exchange and learning activities in terms of their real needs and priorities – What are their goals? What interests them? What would be really useful to them? I have a long track record of producing clear and accessible reports, documentation, blogs, video etc., with actionable information on policy and practice – geared for their respective audiences (policy makers, practitioners, general public, press etc.). As a seasoned URBACT Lead Expert, I know to use a project as a vehicle for procuring practical impact on policy design and participants’ local circumstances – during and after the project – and as a means to obtain buy in from key local actors, raising awareness amongst those whose support is needed.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Local Governance" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Employment, Human Capital and Labour Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
JobTown, of which I was Lead Expert 2012-5, was entirely about employment. I have given several Transnational Workshops for SALTO (Bridges to Work, Mind the Gap, What is your NEET?, iNEETiative, Erasmus+ National Agencies -Tallinn) and the Eastern Partnership (National Workshops Belarus and Azerbaijan, 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum) on employment, labour market and mobility in Europe, and written the publication ‘Inclusion Through Employability’. ‘REALISE: Making the Most of Our Human Capital by 2020’, of which I was Thematic Coordinator 2011-3, was entirely about Human Capital. OPENCities, of which I was Lead Expert 2010-1, was fundamentally about Labour Mobility and Human Capital. InteGROW, of which I was Lead Expert 2010-1, was about labour activation policies. I took a course for labour market specialists at the Centre for European Policy Studies, in Brussels, 2013. https://inclusivegrowth.be/events/call2
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge in the field of Employment, Human Capital and Labour Mobility and related policy challenges.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Some relevant examples of thematic inputs produced to feed into a learning process at transnational level: JobTown Learning Module n. 1 ‘On Developing Effective Local Partnerships for the Advancement of Youth Employment and Opportunity’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/developing-effective-partnerships.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 3 ‘On Analysis and Forecasting of Skills Demand and Supply, on Real Local Labour Markets · Approaches and Rationale · Effective and Affordable Tools’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-analysis-forecasting-learning-module-3.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 5 ‘On Social Innovation and Enterprise – Doing More With Less’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-social-innovation-enterprise-jobtown-learning-module-5.pdf These are the English language versions, the same Learning Modules are available translated into several languages on the URBACT website.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Some examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages for practitioners and policy makers: – OPENCities final report (very well received by Commission officials): https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/opencities_project_report.pdf – REALISE Final Report ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level, with Forewords by Nadja Hirsch MEP’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commission https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf URBACT Blog post ‘What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe’ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/01/what-i-learnt-at-winter-school-about-skills-and-jobs-in-europe/
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In JobTown I wrote a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament & Commission based on 3 years of observation & input from partners & stakeholders. The purpose was to inform policy design & raise awareness in these institutions, targeting people involved with the relevant policy dossiers https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf These were very well received e.g. –Ulrike Storost, Team Leader, Youth Employment, DG Employment praised the Recommendations & declared she would incorporate some, in particular those concerning organizational learning in youth employment projects. Likewise she requested to be updated on how this aspect of JobTown developed, which I did following up on the Final Reporting from partners at project end –Terry Reintke MEP on the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, pledged to use the recommendations & project outputs as reference for her Committee work. By partnering with the OECD throughout JobTown I obtained their dissemination support–e.g. at their 2014 Annual Jobs conference in Stockholm, supporting our own events & contributing to & disseminating our outputs Locally I advised the partners on building their ULSGs with key local players & decisions makers to maximize potential benefits, uptake & awareness raising amongst the locally influential. The Workshops were capitalized on by the partners, with my advice–e.g. Gondomar adopted the Labour Market Analysis tools presented in Work
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have extensive experience (see CV) supporting specialised learning through transnational exchange and/or local partnership on city issues – regeneration, strategic planning and governance – and inclusion and labour market issues – local employment policy, skill demand and supply, and inclusion measures for at risk groups. I focus on working with participants to co-create exchange and learning activities in terms of their real needs and priorities – What are their goals? What interests them? What would be really useful to them? I have a long track record of producing clear and accessible reports, documentation, blogs, video etc., with actionable information on policy and practice – geared for their respective audiences (policy makers, practitioners, general public, press etc.). As a seasoned URBACT Lead Expert, I know to use a project as a vehicle for procuring practical impact on policy design and participants’ local circumstances – during and after the project – and as a means to obtain buy in from key local actors, raising awareness amongst those whose support is needed.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Employment, Human Capital and Labour Mobility" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Some examples: In JobTown 2012-5, I worked with various aspects of exclusion & youth at risk: Roma, poverty, family issues, migrant background Expert Speaker ‘Inclusion Colleague Support Group for NA inclusion officers on involving youth at risk & NEET in Erasmus+ June 2015 Expert Speaker, SALTO-inclusion Seminar iNEETiative - Holistic Approach to Youth at Risk & NEET, May 2015, Bucharest As thematic Coordinator 2011-3, ‘REALISE: Making the Most of Our Human Capital by 2020’ I worked intensively on the problem of disproportionate overqualification of migrants on different European labour markets OPENCities, for which I was LE 2010-1, had a large inclusion dimension, i.e. improving city approaches to inclusion of migrants & improving local attitudes towards migrants, or Roma As InteGROW LE 2009-10 I worked on different factors putting youth at risk of exclusion As Project Manager 2006-7 for ICAASE (Innovative Care Against Social Exclusion) I worked on the relationship between exclusion factors of various target groups & their access to & use of healthcare As Project Coordinator 2006-7 for the European Anti Poverty Network’s project ‘Minimum Social Standards across Europe’ I worked on poverty causes & consequences & what level & form of social policy & services are called for As Evaluator 2005, for the European Network of Cities & Regions for the Social Economy (REVES) I examined approach & effectiveness of Barcelona’s 2005-2010 Municipal plan for social inclusion
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge in the field of "Active Inclusion of Target Groups" and related policy challenges.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Some relevant examples of thematic inputs produced to feed into a learning process at transnational level: JobTown Learning Module n. 1 ‘On Developing Effective Local Partnerships for the Advancement of Youth Employment and Opportunity’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/developing-effective-partnerships.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 3 ‘On Analysis and Forecasting of Skills Demand and Supply, on Real Local Labour Markets · Approaches and Rationale · Effective and Affordable Tools’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-analysis-forecasting-learning-module-3.pdf JobTown Learning Module n. 5 ‘On Social Innovation and Enterprise – Doing More With Less’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/on-social-innovation-enterprise-jobtown-learning-module-5.pdf These are the English language versions, the same Learning Modules are available translated into several languages on the URBACT website.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce inputs to feed in the learning process in projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Some examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages for practitioners and policy makers: – OPENCities final report (very well received by Commission officials): https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/opencities_project_report.pdf – REALISE Final Report ‘Addressing overqualification of skilled immigrants in the European Union: Situations and Approaches from the Local Level, with Forewords by Nadja Hirsch MEP’ https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/realise-final-publication.pdf JobTown Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament and the European Commission https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf URBACT Blog post ‘What I learnt at Winter School about Skills and Jobs in Europe’ http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/01/what-i-learnt-at-winter-school-about-skills-and-jobs-in-europe/
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In JobTown I wrote a set of Policy Recommendations for the European Parliament & Commission based on 3 years of observation & input from partners & stakeholders. The purpose was to inform policy design & raise awareness in these institutions, targeting people involved with the relevant policy dossiers https://projectworks.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recommendations-ec-parl.pdf These were very well received e.g. –Ulrike Storost, Team Leader, Youth Employment, DG Employment praised the Recommendations & declared she would incorporate some, in particular those concerning organizational learning in youth employment projects. Likewise she requested to be updated on how this aspect of JobTown developed, which I did following up on the Final Reporting from partners at project end –Terry Reintke MEP on the Committee on Employment & Social Affairs, pledged to use the recommendations & project outputs as reference for her Committee work. By partnering with the OECD throughout JobTown I obtained their dissemination support–e.g. at their 2014 Annual Jobs conference in Stockholm, supporting our own events & contributing to & disseminating our outputs Locally I advised the partners on building their ULSGs with key local players & decisions makers to maximize potential benefits, uptake & awareness raising amongst the locally influential. The Workshops were capitalized on by the partners, with my advice–e.g. Gondomar adopted the Labour Market Analysis tools presented in Work
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have extensive experience (see CV) supporting specialised learning through transnational exchange and/or local partnership on city issues – regeneration, strategic planning and governance – and inclusion and labour market issues – local employment policy, skill demand and supply, and inclusion measures for at risk groups. I focus on working with participants to co-create exchange and learning activities in terms of their real needs and priorities – What are their goals? What interests them? What would be really useful to them? I have a long track record of producing clear and accessible reports, documentation, blogs, video etc., with actionable information on policy and practice – geared for their respective audiences (policy makers, practitioners, general public, press etc.). As a seasoned URBACT Lead Expert, I know to use a project as a vehicle for procuring practical impact on policy design and participants’ local circumstances – during and after the project – and as a means to obtain buy in from key local actors, raising awareness amongst those whose support is needed.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Active Inclusion of Target Groups" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.

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 : 
In REALISE I led the establishment of a series of Panels of Local key Stakeholders, which co-produced Pilot Interventions followed by long-term strategies agreed amongst the PLS members https://realise2020.wordpress.com/ In OPENCities & JobTown I supported the set up of ULSGs that drove co-produced LAPs In JobTown I contributed to the contents of the Online Mutual Learning Helpdesk – a tool supporting participatory transnational partner interaction (coordinators, ULSG members etc.) in support of the production of their LAPs & their work throughout the project. In each locality I provided tailored support to their participation & co-production processes: in Latsia I visited personally & coached the ULSG through an agreement of their LAP & definitions of their achievements, building stakeholder support for the municipality & its plan. In Nagykálló I visited & took part in a town hall meeting with the public to present, debate & agree the direction of the LAP & more generally the policies around it. In Avilés I participated in a meeting chaired by the mayor with representatives of every elected party in the Council to agree a common front of support for the LAP & its goals, likewise with groups of representatives from local business & local youth groups, presenting the project, its goals & eliciting their support & contribution In the final Workshop on Social Innovation, we presented a range of tools & practices for co-production & innovative approaches to participation
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
In JobTown we defined the local labour markets the partners worked on in terms of Functional Territory and their Labour Market – e.g. Bassin d’emploi of Rennes Métropole or the Functional Economic Area around Enfield. The JobTown agenda defined Functional Urban Areas as key engines of the economy & employment, but also areas where major structural problems were concentrated needing to be overcome to make these cities more resilient, developing smart sustainable growth strategies based on interwoven economic, social, education & demographic policies – addressed holistically, i.e. through an Integrated Approach, as reflected in the ULSG composition & LAP objectives. This required strong partnerships involving local citizens, civil society, the local economy & the different levels of government. To support this I led the use of the OECD’s ‘LEED checklist for evaluating effective partnerships’ and the OECD guidelines for evaluating local partnerships for employment & economic development. In OPENCites I supported the partners in working with the OPENCities Monitor – a specialized monitoring tool, which integrated a complex array of indicators to evaluate city performance in interrelated policy areas & produce relevant recommendations. http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/Projects/Open_Cities/outputs_media/OPENCities_Monitor_Leaflet.pdf
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides examples demonstrating his knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies and policies.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I am Brussels-based with my office in the middle of the European Quarter; my day-to-day life is made up of following European affairs. I closely follow policy debate and regularly attend specialised conferences, organised by the Commission, think tanks, European platforms, national or regional representations etc. I myself regularly participate in or moderate panel discussions and similar. Informally, I have a network of friends, colleagues and associates, with whom I exchange and keep up to date. I am a heavy user of Twitter to follow current policy debates, I am signed up to various bulletins and notification systems, and of course I read a constant stream of publications from the Commission, ESPON, OECD etc. My work takes me across Europe, encountering various programme National Agencies, Managing Authorities, project implementations etc., allowing me to stay current on policy and funding schemes as they play out in different regions of the EU.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good approach to keeping up-to-date with the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
In JobTown I supported very different towns with very different local realities: Rennes is one of the larger & more developed French cities, Nagykálló is a tiny town without even its own hotel in economically depressed rural eastern Hungary, with a large Roma population. I supported both directly, in an individualised way: A week before the Rennes Workshop I made a preparatory visit, meeting key stakeholders & politicians to represent the project, orient their interventions in the coming Workshop & support the local coordinator in involving a range of policy areas & departments (environment & green policy, employment, transport, inclusion etc.). I visited Nagykálló & met a variety of local citizens, stakeholders (e.g. a fruit farmer), Roma collective & development agency, discussing with the mayor the direction they wanted the town to take & how some very practical local measures fit in with the conceptual framework of JobTown. For SALTO I have given workshops on dealing with NEETs in Finland, Romania, Estonia & Belgium. For the Eastern Partnership, I have worked with representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, on how policies and practices from the EU can be adapted to their own contexts.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities.
Summary Expertise: 
I am experienced in organising and/or participating in participatory processes and co-production approaches to developing and implementing policy and practice. I am based in Brussels and well versed in current EU policy, programmes and funding schemes, in particular EU Cohesion Policy, its Integrated Approach to Sustainable Urban Development and the implications of this in practical terms for local actors and projects. I have a long and varied track record of working all over the EU and beyond, in a variety of settings and environments – institutional, private, civil and associative, etc. – adapting tools, policy, implementation and communication to circumstance. I’ve been Lead Expert in a few URBACT projects, and led, designed and supported numerous transnational projects – supporting local authorities and their partners in developing fit for purpose local policies, built on stakeholder support and participation.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between CV and application.

Informations

Residence location:
Belgium
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
iangoldring@gmail.com

Area of expertise