Action Planning

COPIE Policy Forum 2012 (Berlin) - full conference report available for download

Hosted and organised by the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the COPIE Policy Forum on ‘Entrepreneurship for All: Promoting inclusive growth in Europe through the European Structural F

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COPIE Toolkit for Inclusive Entrepreneurship - full document available online

The COPIE network has now finalised one of its key products, the COPIE Toolkit for Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

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COPIE publishes Action Plan to promote inclusive entrepreneurship in the next round of the European Structural Funds

As a result of COPIE's work over the past three years, the members of the COPIE network have published a COPIE Action Plan for Inclusive Entrepreneurship that is addressed to polic

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‘Driving Ideas into Action’ - COPIE partners share governance techniques for designing and implementing regional inclusive entrepreneurship support strategies

Driving ideas into action

‘Joint action planning’ is one of the five designated thematic areas of collaboration within the COPIE partnership. Over a period of one year, delegates from Asturias, the Czech Republic, Flanders, Germany and Wallonia met four times to share experience in governing regional entrepreneurship systems. More specifically, discussions revolved around the four themes of ‘Developing a common vision’; ‘Agreeing an evaluation strategy’; ‘Building an integrated campaign’; and ‘Planning for a legacy’. Partners shared their individual regional policies and practices, and the group jointly worked towards identifying strengths and weaknesses as well as key criteria for success.

Workshop Metholodology for Action Planning

The principal tool that has been tested by this group is a participative workshop methodology which drives delegates to building consensus around a core issue and then generating practical action as a result of this consensus. Supporting this workshop are a series of telephone conferences and personal pledges which collectively have been tested in four separate cycles across all of the participating COPIE members and have proved to be a useful mechanism for change.

COPIE Action Planning Asturias Baseline Report 2009

This report provides an overview on the administrative structure, the role of the ESF and the ERDF in entrepreneurship support and the level of joined up support in Asturias.
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COPIE Action Planning Czech Republic Baseline Report 2009

This report provides an overview on the administrative structure, the role of the ESF and the ERDF in entrepreneurship support and the level of joined up support in the Czech Republic.
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Total votes: 1636

COPIE Action Planning Flanders Baseline Report 2009

This report provides an overview on the administrative structure, the role of the ESF and the ERDF in entrepreneurship support and the level of joined up support in Flanders.
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Total votes: 1609

COPIE Action Planning Wallonia Baseline Report 2009

This report provides an overview on the administrative structure, the role of the ESF and the ERDF in entrepreneurship support and the level of joined up support in Wallonia.
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Total votes: 1459

Tools

The principal tool that has been tested by this group is a participative workshop methodology which drives delegates to building consensus around a core issue and then generating practical action as a result of this consensus. Supporting this workshop are a series of telephone conferences and personal pledges which collectively have been tested in four separate cycles across all of the participating COPIE members and have proved to be a useful mechanism for change.

Total votes: 856

Activities of the Group

Activities of the group have included the following international participatory workshop:

  • Creating and sharing a vision of inclusive entrepreneurship, March 2010 in Flanders, Belgium;

  • Appropriate evaluation mechanism for inclusive entrepreneurship programmes, August 2010, Wallonia, Belgium

  • Building a sustained and coherent campaign for inclusive entrepreneurship, November 2010, Czech Republic;

  • Leaving a legacy, April 2011, Asturias, Spain

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COPIE Tools Action Planning

The Action Planning tools for developing and sustaining effective inclusive entrepreneurship policies focus on the following topics:

  • 1. Developing a common vision;
  • 2. Agreeing an evaluation strategy;
  • 3. Building an integrated campaign; and
  • 4. Planning for a legacy.

Each topic is addressed through a specific 1.5 day workshop. For a detailed description of the workshop methodology please listen to the Lead expert’s podcast here.

  • The first workshop looks at the process of building a vision of success that could be accepted by partners and that focussed on the end benefits to the citizen.
    COPIE Workshop: Creating a Vision, March 2010
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  • The second workshop shares experience of practitioners, policy makers and ESF managing authorities when identifying suitable evaluation measures for activity, results and impacts of inclusive entrepreneurship.
    COPIE Workshop: How do we know that we are any good?, August 2011
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  • The third workshop compares practice of cultural change programmes in each of the COPIE partners and seeks to identify appropriate media for specific audiences.
    COPIE Workshop: How do we sustain a coherent campaign? Time for a Cultural Change?, December 2010
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  • The fourth workshop considers a number of approaches to planning for legacy arising from inclusive entrepreneurship as currently adopted by ESF managing Authorities and regional governments.
    COPIE Workshop: Planning for Legacy, May 2011
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For more information on the thematic group on Action Planning please see here

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COPIE Toolkit

Many people across Europe are falling through a gap between entrepreneurship and employment policies. On the one hand, many of those responsible for economic and business development feel that entrepreneurship is primarily the reserve of the more educated and technologically advanced members of society. On the other hand, those concerned with social inclusion and employment policy often feel that the way to combat exclusion is through employment.

Action Planning

The main objective of this thematic group is to help policy-makers and ESF Managing Authorities to plan cohesive activities that support entrepreneurship in their region alongside their key stakeholders.