Each city has highlighted some of these in the sessions at this conference.
Moving from Innovation to Everyday practice in public policy: Lessons of the Local Action Plans.
Moving from Innovation to Everyday
practice in public policy: Lessons of
the Local Action Plans.
The TOGETHER project defined
Last two decades have seen lots of experiments with
devolution and de-centralisation.
Concept of co-responsibility starts with the citizen.
It is an open-ended approach based on the use of focus
groups. Avoids danger of a problem-driven approach,
which knows issues before you start
TOGETHER focuses on new ways of linking public
authorities and people
Better to engage and involve citizens in developments
rather than just tell them once decisions have been
The economic and social crisis within Europe is a tough
background in which to introduce new thinking.
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Consultation and Pilot Actions
Each city set up a Local Steering Group reflecting range
of interests to co-ordinate and oversee the project
They organised focus groups in each municipality
Open questions on well-being and ill-being
147 groups across 8 cities; 14,000 responses
Coded into computer system; then analysed
Council of Europe have piloted this method widely
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Consultation and Pilot Actions
It has thrown up 8 broad themes/dimensions and over 40
topics where indicators can be developed
Highlighted variety of citizens’ concerns: economic,
health and education but also ‘hidden’ issues e.g.
respect, discrimination, isolation, community.
Joint meeting and LSG analysed policy gaps
Number of pilot actions suggested in each city, all based
on an active relationship between municipality, civic
associations and citizens.
Putting co-responsibility into practice
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Measuring the Extent of Citizen
Engagement: The Seven Point Scale
Project developed 7 point scale. A way for citizens, non-
governmental organisations and councils to measure the
extent of citizen engagement in a project, programme or
strategic city initiative.
1. Minimal engagement
2. Formal partnership
3. An engaged partnership
7. Co-responsibility, where the elements outlined in
points 4-6 are combined across a whole sector.
A way to measure the pilot actions and the LAPs.
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Measuring the Pilot Actions
Botkyrka – night patrols. Co-management
Braine l’Alleud. Children’s Parliament. Co-production.
Covihla – coloured Bag. Engaged partnership
Debica – social integration club. Engaged partnership
Kavala – social pharmacy. Co-management
Mulhouse – multi-partite contracts. Co-production
Pergine. –collective vegetable garden. Co-management
Salaspils. NGO centre. Engaged partnership
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Local Action Plans (LAPs)
Each LAP has two tasks:
-an account of the project and how they have tried to
apply co-responsibility thinking in their city
-an indication as to how they will use this co-
responsibility method in the future.
Measured LAP against the scale. All had made progress
from where they started from but much harder to develop
across a whole department or neighbourhood.
Nowhere has been able to reach Point 7; a consistent
approach to co-management, co-production and co-
governance remains elusive. This suggests that the
adoption of a co-responsibility method will be a long haul
within all municipalities and that no quick fixes should be
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Real limitations with a time-limited, small-scale pilot.
Project focused on social issues rather than everything.
Need to change professional outlook among staff and
recognise this method takes time.
Need for political leadership. Co-responsibility means
sharing of power. Complicated and difficult.
Mainstreaming. The biggest obstacle:
- how to bridge gap from pilot to mainstream:
- how to generalise;
- how to scale up.
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Significant and creditable progress across all its eight
partner municipalities in extending citizen participation
and promoting a co-responsibility approach.
A range of imaginative pilot actions have been generated.
The Local Action Plans show that in each city there are
plans to embed this approach within parts of the
municipality’s work once the project has been completed.
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Conclusions for URBACT
There are three tools which the project has developed
which can help the process of generalisation and
The consultative computer tool for citizen engagement.
Developed by the Council of Europe the project has road-
tested this tool. In a simplified version, this could be used
widely by public authorities across Europe.
The 7 point scale.
URBACT to encourage the wider take-up of this scale.
A tool-kit on co-responsibility.
The project lead partner Mulhouse has produced In a
shortened version this will be a valuable tool-kit for
public authorities across Europe
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Citizen engagement and co-responsibility is a growing
area of public interest.
There is a widespread recognition of the increasing
importance of active public participation in civic affairs.
This project suggests that many areas remain to be
That would be a rich field for potential further
investigation within the URBACT programme.
But most importantly, the project shows that there is real
interest in testing out methods of civic engagement and
improving citizen participation.
“we are giving people the fishing rod and not just the
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