Capitalisation of ESPON results represents a key priority for the ESPON 2013 Programme. The ESPON 2013 Programme would be incomplete and unable to achieve its overall objectives without specific actions aiming at involving policy makers and stakeholders in new European evidence and knowledge developed produced by ESPON.
Capitalising on results making them operational require actions raising awareness and involving stakeholders in the discussions of results and their practical implications and use. Bringing together views of policy makers, practitioners and scientists has been a good experience within the ESPON 2006 Programme, also as dialogue on defining and guiding actions. This holds true for the applied research projects, for targeted analysis and for progressing further the scientific platform. The ESPON 2013 Programme will ensure the capitalisation of results by addressing mainly two target groups centred at:
- The European level involving policy makers in European Institutions and programmes, representatives of Member States dealing with territorial development and relevant sector policies,
- Transnational, regional and local policy makers and practitioners involved in the development of territories.
Projects funded under Priority 4 are open to the ESPON Contact Point only and are designed to support the activities of the Contact Point Network at transnational, national, regional and local levels.
ESPON Contact Point Ireland is currently involved in the INTERSTRAT project funded under Priority 4 of the 2013 Programme.