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Exchange of experience under the spotlight
 Study on Exchange of Experience ProcessesINTERREG IVC commissioned a study on how interregional cooperation projects organise the process of exchanging experience among partners and how this process can directly influence the policy framework of the concerned regions.

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Report from event on INTERREG IVC's achievements in mainstreaming good practices
Mainstreaming good practicesINTERREG IVC programme organised a one-day event 'EU Cohesion Policy: INTERREG IVC's achievements in mainstreaming good practices' which was held on 28 November in Larnaca, Cyprus. A report on the event is now available to read.

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Exchange of experience under the spotlight

 Study on Exchange of Experience ProcessesINTERREG IVC commissioned a study on how interregional cooperation (Part of the C strand of the ETC (as well as of the former Interreg III Community Initiative), its aim is to promote exchange and transfer of knowledge and best ...) projects organise the process of exchanging experience among partners and how this process can directly influence the policy framework of the concerned regions.

Online surveys addressed to INTERREG IVC project partners and case studies on 12 selected Regional Initiative projects (Regional Initiative Projects are ‘classic’ interregional cooperation projects comparable to those already supported under the INTERREG IIIC programme. They allow ...) provided the team of independent experts with valuable data on the different aspects of the exchange of experience processes.

  • How do European partnerships organise their exhanges?
  • Which activities are most effective for experience exchange?
  • What factors influence the learning process in organisations?
  • What role can external experts play in the project?
  • How does the exchange of experience influence the learning process and structural policy changes in the organisations?
  • What outcomes of EU-wide relevance were generated by INTERREG IVC projects ?

Detailed answers to the above-listed questions can be found in the report which can be an inspiration to everyone implementing or planning to manage an exchange of experience project involving partners from several countries.

Presenting the study Dr. Thomas Stumm, the study coordinator, pointed out that they identified many aspects that the INTERREG IVC programme should be proud of, but is not always widely perceived. Several achievements that are described in the final report of the study are listed below:

  • 45% of the respondents indicated that the direct project learning benefits were shared with a larger number of staff members in their organisation;
  • Two-thirds of the survey respondents from first and second call projects incorporated the learning benefits from the interregional exchange of experience processes into the routines of their organisations;
  • 70% of the respondents successfully raised awareness about the projects’ theme among a wider range of actors;
  • Most of the projects have generated outputs which were of EU-wide relevance or of a wider European added-value;
  • Several projects could effectively demonstrate their influence on EU-level policies.

The research was carried out between July 2012 - January 2013 by an international consortium led by “EureConsult S.A” (Luxembourg), involving “Spatial Foresight GmbH (Luxembourg & Germany) and “t33 S.r.l” (Italy), and in cooperation with the Joint Technical Secretariat of the INTERREG IVC programme.

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