• Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
    Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
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    Our Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy is as follows:

    Consultation – contribute to the development of the stakeholder list of individuals and organisations, devise and hold a programme of stakeholder events (taking account of the increased emphasis for the new LEADER programme on jobs and growth), gather project opportunities and ideas, provide an overview of the LEADER approach and the issues linked to its mobilization.

    Evidence – collate the evidence arising from the evaluation, capture the main priorities for investment, gather the key messages arising, shape the evidence at sub-authority priority level.

    LDS Compilation – write up the results for inclusion in the LDS, make raw data available, contribute to the completion of the LDS.


    Commissioned by:

    DEFRA Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Equality Training
    Equality Training
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    Design and delivery of and Equality Training programme aimed at Outdoor Tourism Providers.

    The programme is comprised of the following components:

    • Why equality? Is thinking about equality and inclusion a burden or an opportunity?
    • Introductory session to tee up the issues and introduce the approach to be followed;
    • Elements that challenge the perception that practice is universally good
    • What the sector is good at; opportunities we are missing, pitfalls we discovered, what people think of the sector from “outside”;
    • Business benefits of focusing on inclusion – e.g., markets that are being missed;
    • Market differentiation from an equality perspective – increasing your reach and relevance;
    • Good practice case studies – from within the project area and beyond;
    • Mutual challenge on current practice – interactive sessions on issues of current concern. If there is sufficient interest we can assist introduction of Action Learning methodologies around this issue and establishing Action Learning Sets.

     


     

    Funded by:

    Interreg

    Contracted by:

    Conwy County Council Logo

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  • Cardigan Bay FLAG Evaluation
    Cardigan Bay FLAG Evaluation
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    An evaluation of the Cardigan Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).  The FLAG has been supported through the “Animation, Communication and Evaluation Project”, which has an investment value of £108,359 and is funded through the Welsh EFF programme 2007-13.

    This evaluation will:

    • Provide an objective and evidenced assessment of the FLAG’s outputs, impact and the process of delivery;
    • Use the learning from the evaluation to improve delivery;
    • Build the capacity of staff, FLAG members in relation to review and evaluation; and
    • Review the effectiveness of the Lead Body.

    Given the client’s requirements and the wider context we are proposing a methodology that uses a mix of approaches, so that we can provide a rounded view of the FLAG’s achievements and “tell the story”:

    • Provide a robust picture of outputs and impacts;
    • Provide the opportunity for Stakeholders to share their views
    • Use approaches, such as Social Return on Investment and Partnership self-evaluation to gain the fullest possible picture of the outcomes of the FLAG Project
    • Run workshops with a cross section of stakeholders to ensure that internal and external views of the FLAG are understood and given due weight.

    Commissioned by:

    Ceredigion County Council Link

    Funded by:

    EC EMFF Link

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  • Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Evaluation
    Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Evaluation
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    A review of the current Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme 2008-13:

    • an assessment of the delivery of the current programme to identify:
      • examples of good practice
      • key areas of success, challenges in programme delivery and how they are overcome
      • how challenges have not been overcome and why
      • the impact/difference LEADER funded projects have made
      • reasons for success across themes/geographical area
    • an assessment of the wider EU and national policy context within which Dumfries and Galloway LEADER operates
    • an assessment of LEADER’s strategic fit with key regional strategies and the Community Planning Partnership
    • a commentary on how LEADER can link most effectively with other EU and national funding streams
    • a shortlist of draft priorities for the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER 2014-2020 programme based on the findings of the preceding elements of this commission.
    • an identification of potential LEADER/Local Action Group structures for the delivery of the LEADER 2014-2020 programme in Dumfries and Galloway e.g. use of:
    • Strategic Local Action Group

    Thematic Local Action Groups


    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Contracted by:

    Dumfries and Galloway Council Link  Rocket Science Link

    Partner Organisations:

    Rocket Science Link  Rose Regeneration Link

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  • Croatia LAG training – LAGs as engines of development in rural areas
    Croatia LAG training – LAGs as engines of development in rural areas
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    This project provided programme, materials and lectures for the seminar ‘LAGs as engines of development in rural areas’ for the representatives of 30 LAGs. The seminar programme focussed on the role of LAGs in local development, why policy-makers focus on local development and how each LAG can become its own pole or hub of good practice.

    The seminar programme included the following thematic fields:

    Rationale for Rural Development

    Communicating Rural Development

    Facilitation – its key role

    Cooperation projects – the benefits and pitfalls

    The programme included presentations, case studies  and group activities

    A short Final Report was prepared by the Trainer after the seminar, to list perceived training needs and recommendations for further training/learning of the target group which participated at the seminar.

     


    Funded by:

    UNDP Croatia

    Contracted by:

    UNDP Croatia

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  • Research, Technological Development & Innovation priorities for the Marches
    Research, Technological Development & Innovation priorities for the Marches
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    This report was prepared by Catalys and Innovative Futures Research to identify where The Marches should target its support for Smart Specialisation.  The work was commissioned by Shropshire Council on behalf of The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership on 15th August 2013 to assist in developing The Marches Smart Specialisation priorities, feeding into the submission to BIS in early October 2013.

     The findings and priorities identified are to be fed into the work to be undertaken by an external consultant who will be assisting in the development of the Marches LEP EU investment Strategy (EIS).

    Key activities undertaken included:

    Identification of relevant studies and data sources to help build an evidence base towards the EU investment Strategy

    • Analysis of current research and innovation programmes and initiatives including barriers to development and opportunities in relation to their activity, relevance and impact within the Marches, including EU, TSB and other relevant initiatives.
    • Identification of R&I exemplar projects from across the EU that could be replicated in the Marches, including some where private sector investment is used creatively as match for EU funding.
    • Assessment of the relevance of emerging Regional and National strategies and programmes to the Marches LEP and businesses.
    • Undertake a SWOT analysis for the Marches LEP to inform the regional SMART Specialisation (RIS3) Strategy.
    • Develop a selection of priorities including project briefs for each of the priorities to feed into the Marches LEP EU investment Strategy
    • Consider what barriers to development exist for specific interventions and recommend areas of research and feasibility.
    • Undertake engagement with stakeholders.
    • Align identified priorities with the Marches LEP Growth Plan.

    Funded by:

    esif sml

    Contracted by:

    Marches LDP Link

    Partner Organisations:

    intelligence foundation sml

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  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Smart Specialisation Framework
    Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Smart Specialisation Framework
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    This report was prepared by Catalys and Innovative Futures Research (IFR commissioned by Cornwall Council on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to assist in developing the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Smart Specialisation Framework,

    The brief requested assistance in completion of Steps 1, 3 and 4 of Guidance for the development of Smart Specialisation Frameworks. The Framework is a necessary pre-requisite for the release of funding for

    research, development and innovation within the next EU Strategic and Investment Fund (SIF) strategies being prepared by Local Enterprise Partnerships. Steps 1, 3 and 4 address

    • Step 1 – Analysis of the regional context and potential for innovation
    • Step 3 – Development of an overall vision for the future of the region
    • Step 4 – Identification of priorities

    Catalys/IFR was commissioned to review the work undertaken to date and to test the realism of the areas identified for Smart Specialisation. This has been done through:

    • review of existing documents already developed by the LEP Innovation Working Group,
    • further research and development work, which included: Review of global emerging market opportunities. A particular requirement of the brief was to scope global emerging market opportunities and whether smart specialisation priorities for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly could open up global markets to local businesses.
    • Use of the innovation ecosystem functional model and review of potential smart specialisation priorities against this
    • Assessment of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (C&IoS)
    • innovation context using innovation metrics and the innovation functional model
    • Use of the innovation value chain (IVC) concept
    • Assessment of C&IoS innovation support assets and current Convergence funded projects against the IVC and the functional model discussions with key stakeholders on the Innovation Working Group and Board.

    Funded by:

    esif sml

    Contracted by:

    conrwall & scilly LEP sml

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  • Introducing Community Led Local Development to Croatia’s Fisheries Programmes
    Introducing Community Led Local Development to Croatia’s Fisheries Programmes
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    Catalys was commissioned by UNDP to provide a practical guidance on the introduction of CLLD to the Croatia fisheries programmes; also known as FLAGs. The study included desk research into Croatia’s fisheries sector, comparative analysis, case studies and consultation with national, regional and local stakeholders. It concluded that CLLD and FLAGs could play a significant role in the introduction of the Common Fisheries Policy to the EU’s newest state. The report included an Action plan and implementation model.

    Funded by:

    government of the netherlands

    Contracted by:

    UNDP Croatia


    Download Publication:

    pdf  Fisheries_sector_24052013

    Study Report of the Project Preparing Croatia for the introduction of the Community Led Local Development in the Fisheries Sector.

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  • Appraisal of the proposed cooperation between Serbia and Sweden on preparations and implementation of the Environmental Approximation Strategy.
    Appraisal of the proposed cooperation between Serbia and Sweden on preparations and implementation of the Environmental Approximation Strategy.
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    Background – The Government of Serbia adopted the Environmental Approximation Strategy (NEAS) for membership in the EU in March 2012. This strategy will form the basis for accession negotiations in connection with the Chapter 27 (environment).

    The Serbian Ministry for Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, MEDEP, (earlier Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) were considering a two-year cooperation on capacity building for environmental accession negotiations.  SIDA required an external assessment of the proposed cooperation and its proposed areas of focus; i.e., support to development of the Directive Specific Implementation Plans, preparation of position paper and related documentation.

     Objective

    To support Sida in the assessment of the proposal and specifically provide guidance on what issues to address to MEDEP and SEPA during the coming agreement discussions.


    Commissioned By:

    sida

    Funded by:

    SIDA Logo

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  • Equality Impact Assessment for Ireland Wales Outdoor Tourism Project
    Equality Impact Assessment for Ireland Wales Outdoor Tourism Project
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    Catalys was commissioned to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment for the INTERREG IVA funded Outdoor Tourism Project. The project involved desk research which revealed that this is a relatively under researched area and would benefit from greater attention. The project also involved consultation with project partners and stakeholders, representing both the providers and users. The project produced an Equality Impact Assessment for the project, an Action Plan for its implementation, as well as a monitoring tool.

    Funded by:

    Interreg

    Contracted by:

    kildare cc 137x26


    Download Publications:

    pdf Equality Assessment Outdoor Tourism Project Final Report

     

    “The primary purpose of the outputs from this study is to inform policy and influence a new approach to equality within the Outdoor Tourism sector. The report will inform the subsequent authorities and agencies involved in providing and promoting outdoor tourism in the Irish and Welsh context.”

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