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Community of Practice on partnership in the ESF. October 2008 Open Days Benedict Wauters Deputy Director Flemish ESF Agency COP partnership coordinator. COP origine. Initiative came from DG EMPL and ESF Managing Authorities of Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal and Belgium Flanders

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community of practice on partnership in the esf

Community of Practice on partnership in the ESF

October 2008

Open Days

Benedict Wauters

Deputy Director Flemish ESF Agency

COP partnership coordinator

cop origine
COP origine
  • Initiative came from DG EMPL and ESF Managing Authorities of Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal and Belgium Flanders
  • Flanders is coordinating the COP
  • Response to the new ESF regulation articles on
    • involvement of stakeholders, including social partners, in the governance mechanisms of the Operational Programmes
    • the provision of financial support to multi-actor projects
  • …as well as EQUAL lessons learnt
slide3

GOVERNANCE

Stakeholder engagement in preparation, implementation and monitoring of ESF support (Gen. Reg., Art.11)

New Structural Funds Regulations

2007-13

Mainstreaming

EQUAL good practice

Promote partnerships, pacts, networking (ESF Reg., Art. 3)

PROJECTS

involvement of social partners and NGOs (ESF Reg., Art 3+5)

How to practice, and how to support partnerships

as ESF Managing Authority / Implementing body?

cop definition
COP definition

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

The group consisted of the pioneers in the ESF who are taking partnership seriously!

who is in the cop
Steering group of ESF Managing Authorities:

Belgium Flanders

Malta

Portugal

Czech Republic

ESF programme managers from:

Greece

Italy

Sweden

Poland

Austria

Romania

Hungary

Germany

Spain

Who is in the COP?
cop objectives
COP: objectives
  • In the EC grant agreement:
    • provide a space for members to help them:
      • solve everyday problems in promoting and managing partnership in the programmes
      • disseminate good practice
      • innovate (find better ways of doing things than what already exists)
    • this is in line with the COP mission statement which was constructed based on members’ input
mission of the cop as defined by its members
Mission of the COP as defined by its members

More and fresh/creative partnership thinking and implementation in structural funds (especially the ESF)

how do we achieve this

Mission of the COP as defined by its members

How do we achieve this?
  • Convincing programme managers, including from new member states of the importance of partnership
  • Produce/share and provide easy access to:
    • practical tools, models, guidance notes/fiches, good/poor practice descriptions, contextualised case studies and real life stories…
    • …anchored in reality (including from EQUAL)
  • Engage in two-way interaction with other networks, initiatives, wider work environment…
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Key success factors to deal with issues identified

Identification of broad issues

1st

base

camp

Interviewing

members

2nd

base

camp

Launching calls,

selecting contractors,

recruiting first members

setting up technology

Interactive website

operational

Setting up

steering

group

September 2007

December 2006

June 2007

COP potential stage

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-Presenting and discussing deliverables with others

-Recruiting new members

More deliverables online

First deliverables presented and online

Malta

exchange

event

Continuing work and

exchanges on

practices

(4th basecamp)

3rd

base

camp

Continuing work

and exchanges

on practices

January 2008

December 2007

November 2007

COP coalescing stage

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Brussels

Vienna, next to the 4th OECD LEED platform

6th

base

camp

Continuing exchanges

5th

base

camp

Continuing

exchanges

February 2008

April 2008

COP maturing stage

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10th

Basecamp

Lissabon

Flanders

peer review results

Preparation

Final

event

Lissabon

Study visit in Flanders

9th

Basecamp

Budapest

Preparation

Expert

final redaction

Open

Days

Brussels

Preparation

Final

Version

Handbook

Expert

redaction +

final research

Handbook for Managing Authorities draft version

8th Base-

camp

Bucharest

Preparation

Presentation on data and analysis of research

Expert field research

for handbook ctd

7th base

-camp

Prague

Preparation

Expert panel validation workshop

October 2008

6-7 November 2008

18-19 Sep 2008

December 2008

21-22 July 2008

COP stewardship stage

interactive study visits
Interactive study visits
  • Study team does research before the visit:
    • Interviewing a representation of monitoring committee, programme management and partnership project coordinators/partners
    • Using questionnaire based on the key success factor framework
  • Analyst synthesis results, looking especially at difference between types of actor
  • Workshop with the interviewees is used deepen common understanding and propose actions
  • Action plan is prepared by study team with programme managers
summing up results from the cop
Summing up: results from the CoP
  • Validated key success factor framework with good practice descriptions in the structural funds from all over the EU
  • Country fiches describing the understanding and implementation of “partnership” in the ESF around the EU
  • Interactive study visit procedure based on the key success factor framework
  • Handbook for ESF programme managers on supporting partnership in the ESF
  • All available via the interactive website
interested to join
Interested to join?
  • To know what’s going on but:
    • Go to www.partnership.esflive.eu
    • Register
    • Gain access to and read (public) discussion fora, wiki’s, blogs etc.
  • Ready to engage further? Contact the coordinator benedict.wauters@esf-agentschap.be