• 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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  • 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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  • 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:

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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


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    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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  • Rural Development and Energy policy training for public sector staff in Serbia
    Rural Development and Energy policy training for public sector staff in Serbia
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    Provided 2 separate courses to support the development of Rural Development and Energy capacity in Serbian institutions:

    Rural Development – Comprehensive training programme supported by online learning platform delivered to over 100 professionals from state, regional and local levels.  The training provided a thorough grounding in the development of EU agricultural and rural policy, CAP 2014-20, strategy, programme and project development, communication, stakeholder analysis and partnership development.  The programme was supported by comprehensive set of practical examples, background reading and post-course assessment.

    Energy policy training – The training programme was delivered to over 100 practitioners from state, regional and local levels.  The course material focused on the development and focus of EU energy policy, the EU 202020 strategy framework and the importance of stakeholder management and engagement.  The programme was supported by comprehensive set of practical examples, background reading and post-course assessment.


    Commissioned By:

    seio

    Funded by:

    government of the netherlands

    Partner Organisations:

    Belgrade Open School Logo

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