Laura Polverari's projects

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Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European Bioeconomy (BioSTEP)

2015 - 2017

The project is about promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European bioeconomy. Funded by Horizon 2020, it BioSTEP aims to engage citizens and various stakeholder groups in discussions about the future development of Europe’s bioeconomy. Its objective is to increase the overall awareness and understanding of the bioeconomy as well as its consequences and benefits by considering citizens' needs and concerns. In order to overcome the current lack of public knowledge on the bioeconomy, BioSTEP makes existing data on bio-based products and processes accessible to the general public and various stakeholder groups. In addition, BioSTEP involves identifying and disseminating best practices on the participatory development of national and regional bioeconomy strategies.

Territorial attractiveness and ERDF aid to enterprises: transferability and lessons learnt from the ERDF interventions in selected EU Member States

Territorial attractiveness and ERDF aid to enterprises: transferability and lessons learnt from the ERDF interventions in selected EU Member States

2015 - 2016

The project, funded by Italian Agency Invitalia in the framework of the technical assistance to the Italian Ministry of Economic Development involves an overview of aid schemes for firms aimed at increasing the territorial attractiveness of regions and their structural change through the development of tourism, particularly that linked to the full exploitation of historical, cultural, environmental and social assets. The research involves assesment of successful measures implemented in the 2007-13 OPs from across Europe, six case studies and the detailed examination of the implementation and performance of selected schemes, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each intervention examined and the lessons learnt and transferrable practices for the 2014-20 Italian programmes.

Enhancing institutional and administrative capacity

Enhancing institutional and administrative capacity

2015 - 2015

The project, led by the Italian consultants t33, was undertaken for the Italian Department of Public Administration and involved elaboration of a concept paper and guidelines on how to foster institutional and adminitrative capacities. The project was undertaken in the context of the Italian Presidency of the EU and of the work of the EUPAN network.

Performance framework during the programming phase of the ES and ESI funds

Performance framework during the programming phase of the ES and ESI funds

2014 - 2016

The project examines the extent and modalities through which EU regulatory provisions relating to the performance framework have been applied in the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The research develops an evidence base to inform the reports required under the regulatory framework for 2014-20 and provides an analytical basis for the design of the policy for after 2020. The study includes analysis of the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes of all EU Member States, as well as analysis of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes.

Partnership principle and multi-level governance during the programming phase of the ES and ESI funds

Partnership principle and multi-level governance during the programming phase of the ES and ESI funds

2014 - 2016

The project examines the extent and modalities through which which the partnership principle has been applied in the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The research develops an evidence base to inform the reports required under the regulatory framework for 2014-20 and provides an analytical basis for the design of the policy for after 2020. The study includes analysis of the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes of all EU Member States, as well as analysis of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes.

Balance of Competences = Cohesion Policy Review

Balance of Competences = Cohesion Policy Review

2013 - 2014

The project involved an assessment of the evidence on EU Cohesion policy concerning whether and to what extent the objectives of the relevant policies have been met, and whether these policies and funds have delivered value for money – and an understanding of how this varies within and between policies. The review also considered EU infrastructure expenditure that might contribute to the broad aim of cohesion, specifically Trans-European Networks. The study contributed to the UK Government's EU Balance of Competences Review

Laura Polverari's publications

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Speech delivered at the 'Future of Cohesion Policy Beyond 2020' Final Conference, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, 3 March 2016

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EU Cohesion Policy in Practice: What Does it Achieve?

Bachtler J, Begg I, Charles D and Polverari L
2016

Rowman & Littlefield International

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L’efficacia delle misure per la collaborazione tra imprese e imprese e ricerca

Polverari L, Kah S, Lehuraux T and Vironen H
2016

Relazione per la Regione Lombardia realizzata nell'ambito della valutazione ongoing del programma FESR 2007-2013

Attrattivita' territoriale e aiuti alle imprese: elementi di trasferibilita' e lezioni dagli interventi FESR in selezionati paesi europei

Polverari L and Kah S, with Elefterios Antonopoulos, Timothee Lehuraux, Martin Ferry and Carlos Mendez
2016

Relazione finale dello studio realizzato per Invitalia nell'ambito dell'assistenza tecnica del POIN Attrattori culturali, naturali e turismo FESR 2007-2013

European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3 (2016), pp. 117 - 132

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One of the recurring criticisms that have been levied to EU Cohesion policy has been its inability to prove its effectiveness and value for money. These criticisms, and the parallel growing pressures to reduce the resources assigned to the policy in recent rounds of budget negotiations, have led to the introduction of changes in the regulatory obligations attached to funding. In the 2014-2020 regulations, efforts to improve the policy’s effectiveness have primarily related to a set of new obligations intended to improve the results-orientation of programme design and implementation, and to a strengthening of the purposefulness of evaluation activities, including through a shift from evaluating implementation to appraising impacts. This article focuses on the latter theme. It reviews the main evaluation obligations foreseen by the Common Provisions Regulations (CPR) and the change in evaluation focus advocated by DG REGIO, the preparation of Evaluation Plans in selected EU programmes and these plans’ coverage, focus, objectives and resources. The article concludes with some reflections on the challenges that the new regulatory framework entails for managing authorities. It argues that the new CPR and Commission guidance notes are addressing past weaknesses by adding new demands to old ones without having sufficiently addressed the problems behind the partly ineffectual responses to already existing requirements, and calls for a stock-taking exercise in order to appreciate what is working, what is not working and what is needed to make evaluation a real programme management and accountability tool.

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European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, 4 (1), 26-34

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Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

Simona Piattoni, Laura Polverari (editors)
2016

Simona Piattoni, Laura Polverari, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016

ISBN1784715670, 9781784715670 - 584 pages

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Presentation at the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, 1 December 2015

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Rivista giuridica del Mezzogiorno, 1-2/2015

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regional Policy

Polverari L, Bachtler J and van der Zwet A
2015

European Policy Research Paper, No. 91, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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What have Structural and Cohesion Funds done for us? Assessing the long term achievements of Cohesion Policy, 1989-2012

Bachtler J, Begg I, Charles D and Polverari L
2015

Paper prepared for the 2nd Joint EU Cohesion Policy Conference 'Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: An Academic and Policy Debate', Riga, 4-6 February 2015

Paper presented at Regional Studies Association's Global Conference 2014, Fortaleza, Brazil, 27-30 April 2014 and at the RSA Cohesion Policy Network Workshop on Cross-National Policy Transfer in Regional and Urban Policy, Delft 19 January 2015

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Rivista giuridica del Mezzogiorno, 1-2/2015

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IQ-Net Thematic Paper 36 (2), European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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The European Union's Cohesion Policy between Continuity, Reform and the Challenges of the Economic Crisis

Polverari L
2014

in Etges V and Arend SC (eds) 'Crises do Capitalismo, Estado e Desenvolvimiento Regional, EDUNISC, Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil

Cross-national policy transfer and learning in regional and urban policy

Musialkowska I, Dabrowski M and Polverari L
2014

Regions Magazine, 296, 12

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Regions Magazine, 296,13-15

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Rivista giuridica del Mezzogiorno, 3/2014, 513-522

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