The Centre for Cross Border Studies has launched two new toolkits designed for cross-border project managers.
The Toolkit for Budgeting of Cross-Border Projects and its companion publication, the Toolkit for Evaluation of Cross-Border Projects
are both part of a strategic package of linked training, animation, mentoring and research activities to support public service deliverers, particularly local authorities. They are both products of the INNICO-2 project (the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-Border Cooperation Observatory), which was funded under the EU INTERREG IVA Programme. The Aims and Objectives of the INICCO-2 project coincide with the overall objective of the INTERREG Programme to support strategic cooperation for a more prosperous and sustainable region, contributing to the development of a dynamic economy and improving access to services and the quality of life for those living in the Irish cross-border region. The aims of INICCO-2 are:
- To increase and strengthen cross-border cooperation for a more prosperous and sustainable border region and more efficient delivery of public services through addressing information and skills gaps among actors in the region.
- To contribute to the increased social, economic and territorial cohesion of the Irish CrossBorder region through:
- promoting and improving the quality of Cross-Border Cooperation between public bodies, and between public bodies, business and civil society; and
- improving the capacity of people involved in social and economic development of the Irish Cross-Border region to better align their objectives and outcomes with the priorities of EU Cohesion Policy and Europe 2020.
The Toolkit for Budgeting of Cross-Border Projects and the Toolkit for Evaluation of Cross-Border Projects are intended primarily to support funded projects – in private, public or community/voluntary sectors or cross-sectoral partnerships – which are challenged by the requirements of delivering cross-border (or transnational) projects.
These toolkits have been designed to complement and be used alongside the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation. The Evaluation and Budget toolkits also complement the InterCultural/Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit published in 2014 in collaboration with the Centre’s partners in the Transfrontier Euro-Institute Network (TEIN), funded through the EU Leonardo Programme. These four innovative Toolkits together comprise a portfolio of tools to support cross-border cooperation throughout the entire cross-border project life-cycle. We are confident that they will be of benefit to cross-border projects on the island of Ireland, and indeed are easily transferable to other cross-border and transnational projects elsewhere. Through this transfer and adaptation we will contribute to the professionalization of actors, a better quality of projects, more positive attitudes towards transfrontier collaboration and improved working and living conditions for citizens in border areas across the EU and beyond. Like their companion toolkits, both the Toolkit for Budgeting of Cross-Border Projects and the Toolkit for Evaluation of Cross-Border Projects are user-friendly, practical resources that will guide both experienced and less experienced cross-border project promoters through the steps of:
- preparing a budget for their project and setting up appropriate financial monitoring and reporting mechanisms; and
- planning for the project evaluation – including managing both self-evaluations and external evaluations.
Download The Toolkit for Budgeting of Cross-Border Projects (PDF 1.4MB).
Download The Toolkit for Evaluation of Cross-Border Projects (PDF 3.1MB).