From methodologies to outputs Lessons from URBACT 1
Urbact 1 <ul><li>Wide range of methodologies tested </li></ul><ul><li>Some networks focus heavily on learning methodologie...
Urbact Methods and Tools <ul><li>Getting prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Common understanding of  needs and aims </li></ul><ul>...
Areas for improvement <ul><li>Critical points </li></ul><ul><li>Need to clarify aims and target public  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Questions <ul><li>Where do you think we can improve and how? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we improve learning between us? </l...
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URBACT 2: Methodologies and lessons from URBACT 1

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Presentation by Paul Soto for URBACT 2 kickoff meeting April 2008

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URBACT 2: Methodologies and lessons from URBACT 1

  1. 1. From methodologies to outputs Lessons from URBACT 1
  2. 2. Urbact 1 <ul><li>Wide range of methodologies tested </li></ul><ul><li>Some networks focus heavily on learning methodologies – UDIEX/ALEP </li></ul><ul><li>Urbact Methods and Tools (document library): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://urbact.eu/document-library/urbact-methods-and-tools.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3 phases: getting prepared – exchanges – dissemination. </li></ul><ul><li>2 basic building blocks – thematic seminars + case studies </li></ul>
  3. 3. Urbact Methods and Tools <ul><li>Getting prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Common understanding of needs and aims </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of relevant practices </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of relevant people </li></ul><ul><li>Exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Seminars + field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Study trips </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching – mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic reports </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies and CS reports </li></ul><ul><li>Executive summaries + brochures </li></ul><ul><li>Research reports </li></ul><ul><li>Toolkits </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination events </li></ul>
  4. 4. Areas for improvement <ul><li>Critical points </li></ul><ul><li>Need to clarify aims and target public </li></ul><ul><li>Domination of visibility motive. </li></ul><ul><li>Products for learning confused with dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Little account of stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Policy relevance (politicians) </li></ul><ul><li>Huge variation in quality – lack of common standards , language and style </li></ul><ul><li>Less emphasis on preparation and follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Isolated outputs. No critical mass </li></ul><ul><li>Policy relevance? </li></ul><ul><li>Static </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul><ul><li>Action </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt methodologies and products to aim and target publc </li></ul><ul><li>Visibility + </li></ul><ul><li>Clear separation of intermediate and final </li></ul><ul><li>Include stakeholder dimensions – 360% approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Common core elements, benchmarks, models for certain key methods/outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for preparation and follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Specifying expected results and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>More synergy between products and activities – itineraries. </li></ul><ul><li>More flexible and agile use of IT and multimedia </li></ul>
  5. 5. Questions <ul><li>Where do you think we can improve and how? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we improve learning between us? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we increase quality, achieve certain commmon + comparable standards and also allow for innovation? </li></ul>

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