January 9, 2013

CRoSPlaN-2 Shared Services, Executive Training and Animation Programme and Evidence-based Planning

CRoSPlaN-2 Shared Services

This project will be led by the Centre’s ‘sister’ organisation, the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). The benefits of harmonising cross-border planning in specific regions along the Irish border is something that has already been recognised by both Irish administrations (e.g. in the North-West Gateway initiative) and in the outputs of CroSPlaN-1 (part of INICCO-1) in the areas of inter-jurisdictional planning in Ireland and abroad; river basin management, and shared services.

This phase will expand on the research into shared services in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Canada and the US. It will:

  • Engage public bodies in the Irish cross-border region to identify areas for implementation of shared services;
  • Develop two shared services pilot projects with cross-border region councils in areas like tourism, environmental services, emergency services and spatial planning;
  • Build on existing ICLRD research and facilitate collaboration between local councils and government in the two Irish jurisdictions to begin to implement it;
  • Promote exchange of good practice with councils elsewhere  in Ireland and Europe.

The project’s activities will include one cross-border action research project; one conference; three thematic seminars and one technical workshop; two local authority initiatives supported; a learning network established; new Service Agreement prototypes developed; and online resources tailored to the needs of local authorities in the region.

CRoSPlaN-2  Executive Training and Animation Programme

This project will be led by the ICLRD. It will continue the training and animation programmes undertaken by the ICLRD for the three cross-border local authority groups – EBR, ICBAN and NWRCBG – in the 2009-2012 period. Its aims are to:

  • Raise the awareness of the importance of operationalising spatial planning linkages between EU and central government territorial policies and territorial cooperation among cross-border region local councils;
  • Provide best  practices to develop solutions to common problems through joint actions;
  • Address cross-border institutional fragmentation by developing collaborative frameworks to strengthen cooperation between border region councils;
  • Build the capacity of local councils to  jointly articulate and present their initiatives to central government departments;
  • Complement the work of the three local authority cross-border groups by supporting emerging initiatives in areas such as tourism and economic development.

The project’s activities will include 10 training events; one strategic cross-border local authority initiative supported; 90 local government officials, councillors and community leaders trained; one solution to a cross-border problem addressed through joint action.

CRoSPLaN-2: Evidence-based Planning

This project will be led by the ICLRD. Its aims are to:

  • Provide compatible 2011 census data from Ireland and Northern Ireland in an online and user-friendly format to support collaboration between central government departments in both jurisdictions and between local authorities in the cross-border region, and to present the policy implications of such data;
  • Update the all-island pilot deprivation index developed in INICCO-1 using the 2011 census data;
  • Provide analytical tools that will support evidence-based spatial planning on a cross-border basis;
  • Train practitioners, officials and elected representatives in the cross-border region in the use and interpretation of data;
  • Facilitate exchange of best practice in data capture among councils in the cross-border region.

The project’s activities will include the development of two new tools (an all-island digital atlas mapping the 2011 censuses and an updated all-island Deprivation Index); five seminars and four ‘data days’ to train 110 practitioners, policy makers and cross-border region officials and councillors in data use and interpretation.

These projects are supported by the INTERREG IVA programme (2013-2015).