Many countries, cities and EU-projects have, at least in some fields, excellent best practises and well functioning policies. It is an explicit aim of EPOMM to foster the transfer of such practises and policies towards cities and countries that do not have them.
Therefore, EPOMM is offering its Best Policy Transfer Process, as the best possibility to successfully achieve such transfers.
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Policy and best practise transfer: the process
With the help of EPOMM-PLUS, EPOMM has developed and established a standardised, moderated and monitored policy and best practise transfer process:
- The policy transfer process starts by setting up matching sessions: countries, projects, cities or organisations are brought together as “exporters” and “importers” of best practices examples or of good functioning policies.
- In the matching sessions, a systematic process and action plan is defined (through checklists), which ensures that the right persons are brought together in the right setting. The right persons are most often the persons that are actually implementing the policies or practises – so peers are talking to each other.
- The process is then started and followed up by meetings, most often on location in the countries or cities concerned. If needed, important documents are translated, and in the process, often adapted to the local situation.
- In case of effective and successful transfer, EPOMM prepares a short report , which is also an evaluation of the transfer. Lessons learned from the transfer are used to improve the process and for other transfers.
Only such a carefully defined process actually results in successful transfers, whereas presentations, good practise databases, workshops and conferences are helpful, but most often result in only talking about the issues, and not in actual implementation.
Matching sessions are organised during the NFP-workshops, but can also be organised on demand. Priority is for organisations from EPOMM member states. If you are interested to become an “exporter” or “importer”, please contact us.
The scientific literature on transport policy transfer reveals very clear results:
- The number one success factor far before all others for transport policy transfers are peer-to-peer contacts. A prime example are courageous politicians who provide a model for other politicians but who can also explain how they did it.
- The second success factor (or barrier) is the language. Even in countries with a high level of English knowledge, as in the Netherlands or Sweden, practitioners clearly prefer their own language, especially technicians and city officials.
- In not so advanced cities and countries there is a strong demand to learn more about good practise – what is it, how to set it up, what resources are needed – along with a demand for visits by experts
- There is also a strong demand for site visits– and the literature recommends it. Therefore EPOMM also offers this possibility (link)
- The demand for and the success of documents, guidebooks, videos, case studies is rather low.
So EPOMM with its many networking events, own language meetings and workshops, and especially its standardised transport policy transfer process that altogether result in a great number of peer-to-peer contacts is right on the spot to address all these needs.