Community, Innovation and Learning: European Dimensions
Community, Innovation and Learning:European DimensionsDr. Alan BruceDublin 25 May 2013
Overview• Learning and innovation in Europe• Supporting changing communities• Background to European resources• Money, training, exchange• Accessing resources• Developing sustainable linkage• Transforming our world
Contexts• The European Union and its origins• Expansion, hope and change• The impact of shock: oil crisis, Germanreunification, Balkan wars, the crisis of 2008• A new Europe for a new century• Identity and community
Contours of modern Europe• From common market to Union• Economic powerhouse: the social model• Free movement of labour• Diversity, complexity and danger zones• The impact of globalization• Triumph of neo-liberalism: the end of growth• Mass unemployment
Changing worlds• Dimensions of crisis• Public spheres, private opportunities• Multipolar fragmentation• Altered world, transformed society• Demographics: from ageing to migration• Innovation in knowledge and learning
Technological transformation• Instant communications• Data explosion and access• Cyber-security• Learning and access• Rapid modification potential• Making sense of trends – from data to knowledge tounderstanding
Europe and learning support• Part of integration strategy since outset• Designed to address labour market needs• EU has no competence in national education• Structural funds: address imbalances• Form of redistributive financial tool
Key Structural Funds• European Regional Development Fund• European Social Fund• European Maritime and Fisheries Fund• All have key overarching strategic objectives• Shared responsibility with Member States
The money trail....• Balance: Union, Member State, Region.• EU Strategic Priorities > MS national priorities• Community Strategic Guidelines– Community Strategic goals• Operational Programs
ESF in operation• Accounts for 10% of entire EU budget• Operates in 7 year cycle (current 2007-13)• Lisbon Agenda (2000)– Innovation– Entrepreneurship– Adaptability– Equal Opporuntities
Additional funding• Community Initiatives (operated by EACEA)• NOW – addressing needs of women in the labour force• HORIZON and INTEGRA – addressing needs of citizens with disabilities• Leonardo da Vinci – vocational training• ADAPT – enhancing change, upskilling and learning in workplaces• EQUAL (2001-07).
ESF priorities• Improving human capital• Improving access to employment• Increasing adaptability• Improving social inclusion of disadvantaged people• Strengthening institutional capacity• Advancing reforms in regards to employment and inclusion.
Framework Programmes for RTD• Advanced ICT support• Innovation and sustainable research• Budget of FP7 (2007-13): €50,5 billion• Budget of FP8 (2014-20): over €80 billion
Europe 2020• The five key priorities now are:– Raising the employment rate of adults– Improved investment in research and development– Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions– Reduction of early school leaving and increased rates ofcompleted third level education– Reduction of poverty levels by 25%.
Flagship Framework initiatives• Innovation Union: enhanced innovation and research funding• Youth on the Move: higher education performance improvement• Digital Agenda for Europe: high speed internet improvement• Resource Efficient Europe: improved energy efficiency and renewableresources• Industrial Policy and Globalization: improved business competitiveness andsustainability• Agenda for new Skills and Jobs: modernized labour market and mobility• EU Platform against poverty: improving access for unemployed citizens
Funding environmentThose contemplating engagement with European fundingmeasures need to forge creative alliances, explore newavenues for project work and significantly expand theirconceptual and programmatic horizons to access theresources that are available.This necessity raises significant issues aroundfamiliarization, capacity and networking.
Criteria for future funding• Results oriented measures (indicators, reporting, monitoring and evaluation)• Performance frameworks (clear and measurable milestones and targets)• Coordination with national reform programmes (this will have particularemphasis in Ireland)• Coordination and shared access to funds (from ESF and ERDF)• Effectiveness (performance measurement frameworks)• Efficiency (administrative capacity, reduced bureaucracy).
CautionAll EU programmes depend for co-funding both at national level (fromMember States) and at operational level by lead or participantpartners.The increasing likelihood that core co-funding may not be available orelse severely restricted in the years ahead strongly tempersexpectations that EU funding could or should be viewed in any senseas a replacement for other sources – sources both expected anddemanded by EU conditions for lending support.
Thematic Objectives (2014-20)• Research and innovation• Competitiveness for SMEs• Employment and labour mobility support• Social inclusion and combating poverty• Education, skills and lifelong learning• Institutional capacity building.
Future shape of EU funding strategyAll project proposals must provide an evidence based case for fundingbased on research, track record, capacity and demonstrable need.All dimensions must correspond to both national and EU priorities.These priorities can and do mutate over the lifetime of specific fundingmechanisms.Responsibility is clearly placed on project promoters to familiarizethemselves with requirements and to ensure proposals align closely withaims and objectives set by EU funders.This process in itself demands a high degree of awareness and contactwith EU resources and information points.
Running the show: the EACEA– Operational responsibility for the Lifelong LearningProgramme– Responsible for Erasmus Mundus Programme– Responsible for Tempus Programme– International bilateral cooperation: e.g. Atlantis (with UnitedStates)– Operates Culture Programme– Operates Media Programme– Operates Europe for Citizens– Operates Youth in Action Programme
Getting the balance rightProject promoters must ensure that they are conversant with currentpolicy frameworks, identified priorities and specified target areas forallocation of EU resources.Getting an effective match between what promoters and EU bodieswant is part of the system of coordination and learning underpinning allEuropean actions.This may be frustrating to project partners who may have a sense of theurgency and importance of their mission but not necessarily theresources, time or research background to scope what is available andpotentially appropriate to their requirements.
Funding focusAll EU funding is described as support co-funding. It is not inany way core funding.As part of a coherent overall strategy, a menu of connectedresources, it can and should play a critical difference indeveloping the profile and professionalism of participantorganizations in maintaining and enhancing operations.
Skills relevant to EU funding and projectmanagement– Research– Proposal writing– Capturing learning– Transnational partnerships– Networking opportunities– EU specific terminology– The innovation imperative– Report writing– Transversal linkage– Evaluative capacity (internal and external)– Outcomes and deliverables– Selecting appropriate strands
The ULS experienceStarting Year Programme or Initiative Identification number Contracting organisation Title of the project /networkWebsite2012 LLP Comenius 528005-LLP-2012-GR-COMENIUS-CMPEllinogemaniki Agogi TRANSit www.transit.eu2012 ICT-PSP ODS-297229 Intrasoft Ltd OPEN DISCOVERYSPACEwww.opendiscoveryspace.eu2011 LLP 519242-LLP-2011-BG-KA2-KA2MPEurinform Bulgaria LANGO www.lango.eu2011 LLP Comenius 517748-LLP-1-2011-1-IE-COMENIUS-CNWEnable Ireland FIESTA www.fiestaproject.eu2010 LLP 511641-LLP-1-2010-1-RO-KA3-KA3MPEuroEd MyStory www.mystories.eu2010 LLP Leonardo 510784-LLP-1-2010-1-RO-LEONARDO-LMPEuroEd UEmploy www.uemploy.eu2008 LLP GrundtvigPartnershipGR2008-028P VUC-VS Denmark Mentor: Sink or Swim www.vuc.dk/sinkorswim2008 LLP transversalresearch143725-LLP-1-2008-ES-KA1-KA1SCRUniversity of the BasqueCountry UPV/EHUCreanova www.creanova.ehu.es2008 LLP Comenius 142447-2008-LLP-IT-CMPFondazione IARD Speak www.speak.it2006 LLP Minerva 229413-CP-1-2006-1-GR-MINERVA-M/2006Platon School Educonlinux www.educonlinux.eu2005 Leonardo daVinciFI-05-B-P-PP-160601Adulta, Finland Catit www.catit.fi2005 EQUAL2 IE-05-EQ2-19-EBM Galway City Partnership You Are Equal www.youareeqaul.ie/gcp2003 Leonardo daVinciIE-03-B-F-PP-153101 Enable Ireland, Cork Co-Guide www.coguide.ie2002 EQUAL IE-02-EQ1-23-E NUIG/FAS TRED www.tred.ie
Summary• EU Funding offers significant opportunities• EU funding is not a substitute but a supplement• The non-finance resources offer as much if not more• Transnational action is the only viable method in aglobalized world• No substitute for professionalism and expertise• All rests on vision and passion for community needs
Thank youDr. Alan BruceUniversal Learning Systems34 Charleville RoadPhibsboroughDublin 7Irelandabruce@ulsystems.comAssociate Offices: AMSTERDAM HELSINKI EDINBURGH ATHENS CHICAGO