From MED Capitalisation to European Policies_CONCLUSIONS


Capitalisation is a key issue for gaining the full value of experiences of individual projects funded within the ESIF’s European Territorial Cooperation (henceforth: ETC) programmes. Different approaches can be identified in, inter alia the MED, INTERREG IVC and IVA Cross Border and Central Europe programmes, as well as the perspectives of INTERACT and DG Regio, with the purpose of sharing experiences on different strategies and identifying the way forward for 2014-2020.

The report "From MED Capitalisation to European Policies" documents the key results attained during the 2-day event entitled 'THE MED CAPITALISATION: CONTRIBUTING TO A STRONGER EUROPE', which took place at the Committee of the Regions on 24 and 25 March 2015 as a joint initiative by 13 MED capitalisation projects. These were carried out in the final phase of the MED Programme and constitute by themselves a pioneer initiative, the individual outputs of which can be appreciated at the respective project websites and summarized in the following URL:

The purpose of the conference was twofold: on the one hand, situating this MED capitalisation effort in the broader context of ETC’s good practice; on the other hand, providing some highlights and suggestions of how well informed capitalisation could and should contribute to nourishing the policy-making processes at regional, national and European level.

Four analytic dimensions of effective capitalisation were identified to this end:

- Scaling up, or the consolidation of results and their adoption at regional/national level as a follow up to project activities;
- Scaling out, or the geographical extension of results to other contexts, including concepts such as replication, transfer, adaptation, networked learning, etc.;
- Policy learning, or the actual uptake of a project result or recommendation on the part of the relevant target policy makers;
- Policy impact, or the possible transformative effect on higher-level policy frameworks and in general the practice of policy making.

During an ad hoc gamified session, the conference participants (more than 150) were invited to provide their own ideas, proposals and contributions to the MED project and programme design, implementation and evaluation phases, in order to increase the likelihood of fulfilling the above dimensions, during and after the standard project’s lifetime. 45 individual statements were gathered, through the distribution of cards with different colours and their collection at the end of the conference, within a procedure respecting the anonymity of contributors in full. More details on this experiment are presented in the Annex to the report.

Key recommendations emerged from the discussion and the idea crowdsourcing experiment include the following:

- First and foremost: capitalisation does make sense, in MED as well as other programmes, however the tools and methods available are still in their infancy and need further development and experimentation across the 2014-2020 period.
- How the EU level can support: through embedding the capitalisation function more tightly in the design and implementation of ETC projects and programmes, without forgetting the cross-programme evaluation dimension.
- How the MS level can support: by setting out their priorities and coordinating the extension of best project results (evaluated according to those priorities) to non-participating countries and regions.
- How the Regional level can support: by promoting the appropriation of project’s good practice at policy, and possibly market, level in the participating territories.

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