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URBACT Good Practice Call now open!

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12 January 2018
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Many of you will probably already have an idea in their minds about what is meant by ‘good practice’ – perhaps something highly innovative and demonstrating excellence. If so then think again!  URBACT believes that every city has ‘hidden’ good practices which – even if they appear mundane to locals - could be of interest to other European cities.

As part of its creation of a number of new Transfer Networks later in 2017, URBACT is inviting Irish Local Authorities who are interested in sharing what they do well with other European cities to come forward NOW.

URBACT’s ‘Call for Good Practice’ opened on December 5th 2016 and will close on March 31st 2017. Cities selected by URBACT thereafter will be awarded the title ‘URBACT Good Practice City’.  They will then lead and mentor Transfer Networks helping other European cities understand, adapt and reuse their solutions. These Transfer Networks will be established later in 2017 (likely September 2017).

URBACT’s end goal is not the gathering of good practices but their effective transfer across Europe’s cities.   But first good practices have to be identified. This is what this stage 1 call is for.

Why should Irish cities consider offering themselves as examples of good practice? Benefits include the capacity to further refine and improve that good practice through sustained discussion and support from URBACT and peers and the opportunity  to showcase their good practices widely across Europe. Being awarded the title ‘URBACT Good Practice City’ will help Irish cities brand themselves as thought leaders and pioneers.

Irish local authorities who are interested in offering to URBACT their work as instances of good practice should do so by March 31st 2017.

Irish local authorities who are interested in learning from good practices taking place elsewhere in Europe will be informed about available opportunities to join Transfer Networks when they are established later 2017. Stay alert. An URBACT Ireland INFODAY will be held in summer 2017 to help cities who to join a Transfer Network to do so at that point.

As ever, the Irish NUP (Professor Mark Boyle and Caroline Creamer) will be happy to answer field any questions you might have about any aspect of the call and what you might gain by participating – contact

Further information about the ‘Call for Good Practice’ can be obtained at:

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