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Plan of improvement for participation in Urban quality

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A substantial transformation characterises local public administrations which are responsible not only for traditional administrative functions, but also for new delegated functions for the territorial government.

In fact, they are called to programme and manage integrated actions of development, with regard to real problem resolution and the development of the economic-social and cultural system. In this view, the responsibility of local administrations is increased as well as the range of competences and organisational capacities requested from them, in order to optimise the performances and the supplied services. In this context the Municipality of Lecce intends to increase its ability to influence and realise an integrated and shared strategy of urban and territorial development, in order to guarantee an effective and efficient realisation of the interventions, the quality of the public expenditure and the optimal use of the physical resources and human capital. Thus, a ‘plan of improvement for participated urban quality’ has been conceived in order to improve performance and strengthen the capacity of local authorities to prepare and implement an integrated and shared strategy for urban and territorial development and to raise the administration’s capacity building. This capacity building includes:

  • Institutional capacity, as the ability to identify targets through a unified

and integrated strategy of urban and territorial development;

  • Organisational capacity, as a pro-active systemic approach based on

flexible processes, capable of aggregating the various components of an organisation, which converges towards achievement of set goals. The implementation of methodologies, such as Project Management, assures a continuous process of planning, execution and control of differential and limited resources;

  • Empowerment, as a process that increases the ability to experiment

and to broaden the scope of choices, to confront the surrounding reality by improving the skills and knowledge with a dual perspective: reinforcement of internal capacity, increasing skills available in the administrative organisation, and external capacity, raising the collective social responsibility to ensure the sustainability of policies.

In this context a ‘Coordination Committee’, made up of the executives involved in local development project planning, has been established. The Committee supervises the self-evaluation process of the organisation, guarantees the connection between the top-management levels, and also disseminates self-evaluation approaches in order to promote operative, financial and territorial integration of development actions. Moreover, it will assure the creation, development and sharing of expertise aimed at supporting innovation processes through a policy learning path. The plan’s leading concept consists of conceiving and implementing a system of experimental actions to define an empirical model of work according to an inductive method. This method originates from a motivational-experimental phase that - learning from experience - allows the creation of a methodological guidance of work on planning and implementation of local development projects through a process of abstraction. The plan activates a complex set of experimental actions directly impacting on the institutional organisation and responsibilities.

Award info
Award category: leadership and change
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity: community and stakeholder participation
Keywords: Territorial management, capacity building
Short English description: Thus, a ‘plan of improvement for participated urban quality’ has been conceived in order to improve performance and strengthen the capacity of local authorities to prepare and implement an integrated and shared strategy for urban and territorial development and to raise the administration’s capacity building
Further information
Organisation: Municipality of Lecce
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Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved:
Country: Italy
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Plan of improvement for participation in Urban quality (40.3530415, 18.1735341)
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