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Energies for Local Administration: Renovate Governance in Europe


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October 2016 – October 2018

Short description

Over the last decades, although a general retrenchment of the State in terms of direct intervention in the Market, public intervention to address collective problems has been enlarged, challenged by the emergence of new needs, demands and socio-economic risks. In front of new challenges and unsolved old problems, policy making and public service delivery have also been gradually evolving towards more inclusive governance models. Furthermore, there has been a continuous push of the EU in promoting participatory approaches in the delivery of public policies, in particular in the field of ESI funds: the partnership principle has been for a long time one of the key principles for managing the European Fund and it is now considered as key to delivering the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The project aims to generate and disseminate shared, structured and constructive knowledge on participatory governance (co-design and co-production participatory processes) in the field of sustainable energy, through an intense process of dialogue and communication among policy makers, civil society actors and practitioners.

The main objectives of this project are:

  • Explore existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences.
  • Deliberate on the main critical points (capacities, procedures and processes, mechanisms) for boosting participatory governance to achieve better outcomes in the field of sustainable energy, by fostering a constructive multi-actor dialogue on these issues.
  • Produce an interactive knowledge tool on participatory governance in sustainable energy for raising awareness among public administrators about different alternative participatory approaches, methodologies and tools and the potential consequences of these alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples.
  • Communicate and disseminate shared knowledge on participatory governance in sustainable energy, and in particular on its effectiveness, sustainability and legitimacy and on mechanisms for enhancing success and take up of participatory governance in the daily practices of public administrations in Europe.


ENLARGE foresees 4 steps, having impact both at the local and at the European level:

1: Extrapolative phase:  

  • This phase will have the aim of creating a knowledge map (KM) of models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy.
  • The knowledge map will include a discussion guide (i.e. a self-evaluation checklist of participatory governance) that will serve as starting point in the following phase.
  • Starting from a careful and systematic review of the literature on public participation two matrixes will be prepared: one for the co-design processes and the other for the co-production processes.
  • The matrixes will be constructed taking into consideration aspects such as the issue at stake, the participants target, the recruitment methods, the use of information materials, the decisional procedures etc. and;
  • They will be used for collecting information on past experiences of exemplary participatory processes in the field of sustainable energy

Expected results:

  • Reviewing participatory approaches and drafting the co-design and co-creation matrixes
  • Engaging local administrations/stakeholders and collecting exemplary practices
  • Case study analysis
  • Creating the Knowledge map of models of participatory governance in sustainable energy

Deliberative phase:


  • This phase will be a so-called deliberative event, a type of intense informed and constructive dialogue among actors involved in the selected participatory processes
  • The aim is to include different kinds of actors involved in the participatory processes of the 30 cases/a selected small group of 10 paradigmatic cases (local authorities, civil servants, practitioners, participants) and ;
  • To make participants discuss and confront each other in a structured way that facilitates constructive thinking

Expected results:

  • Deliberative event with local administrations, stakeholders, practitioners and citizens’ groups to produce a shared and reasoned assessment of participatory processes at stake in sustainable energy

Production and Interactive phase


  • The aim of this phase is to reverse the approach of the traditional handbooks of best practices in the public participation field, which usually offer a somewhat engineering framework, make of a list of recommendations on procedural and organizational aspects, such as who should be included and with which methods, which devices could be used, which information should be collected and disseminated and,
  • Offer a product that gives potential users (local governors, civil servants, stakeholders, practitioners, citizens) a dynamic perspective, focused on potential paths, crossroads and alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples
  • The project partners, with the collaboration and periodical supervision of the people who took part in the deliberative event, will prepare a type of CYOA book.

Expected results:

  • Create the CYOA online book on participatory governance in sustainable energy
  • Assess the level of use and utility of the CYOA book for local administrations and stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy
  • Collect feedback on how to improve the book
  • Update/revision of the book based on comments received

4. Communication and dissemination phase


  • This phase will start with the drafting of a Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan of the project results
  • Different internal and external communication and dissemination activities (newsletters, flyers, website, local dissemination events, final conference, etc.) will be carried out throughout the project as detailed further on in the proposal

Expected results:

  • Internal and external communication
  • Dissemination of the project findings and deliverables
  • Exploitation of the project result

5. The management and interactive evaluation phase


  • This phase aims to assess the project from three points of view: relevance, effectiveness and sustainability and,
  • To provide a continuous update of the ENLARGE CYOA online book in order to improve its descriptive and predictive capacity of potentials and pitfalls of co-design and co-production processes on sustainable energy policies

Expected results:

  • The qualitative, operational and financial management of the project;
  • The physical, procedural and financial monitoring of the project;
  • An interactive evaluation of the project in order to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the project and to collect information for a continuous update of the CYOA book


Lead partner:

  • Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (IRS), Italy

Other partners:

  • ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, Strasbourg, France
  • Universita’ degli Studi di Torino (UNITO), Italy
  • Estonian Institue for Sustainable Development, Stockholm Environment Institue Tallinn Centre (SEITALLINN), Estonia

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