Building Bridges: A four step framework to improve territorial governance✎
Last modified on 18 July 2016
This tool was built in the context of an ongoing research project between Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness (Deusto University) and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa (government of the province of Gipuzkoa in Spain's Basque region). The name of the project, launched more than 7 years ago, is "Gipuzkoa Sarean" and the tool Building Bridges is one of its many results. The tool was cogenerated by the research team, policymakers from the Provincial Council and from 11 local development agencies. The 11 local development agencies are the following:
Building Bridges is a reflection tool resulting from a learning process that involved researchers and policymakers from the provincial government and 11 local development agencies. Its purpose is to spur reflection processes that improve territorial governance, thereby making policy-making more efficient and fostering a more democratic society. It is a reflection tool that can help counter the disconnection among different levels of government that very often hampers policy implementation and a tool that can spur bottom-up approaches for defining sustainable territorial development strategies such as smart specialisation strategies (RIS3).