Stakeholder engagement had a prominent role in the PROVIDE project:
Most of the end-users are also stakeholders relevant to the project; the project envisaged a very early engagement of relevant stakeholders that were informing the initial steps of research design and were co-constructing the 3 year project activities with continuous reciprocal feedback and knowledge development. On the one hand, this allowed to target research and its physical products to end-users and a wide range of stakeholders’ needs. On the other hand, it also builds commitment and attention to the project by key stakeholders.
As the stakeholders had a key role both in designing the research process and questions and in providing input to answer these questions the information gathered in the stakeholder workshops fed into the work conducted in the project, and results were subsequently presented back to stakeholders and discussed with them. This has also meant that focus on governance issues and public goods evolved as the project developed to incorporate the input provided by stakeholders.
A total of 41 workshops were conducted in the following case study regions included in PROVIDE: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Scotland (UK) and Spain. These were split into three workshops (2, 3 and 4 in the PROVIDE project. Workshop 2intended to validate the case studies, identify policy mechanisms which may improve public goods provision, and discuss the tools which may increase understanding of public goods provision. Workshop 3 intended to discuss new and existing governance mechanisms to ensure the delivery of public goods. Workshop 4 intended to analyse the suitability and transferability of governance mechanisms for the delivery of public goods. In between workshops 2 and 3, project partners carried out valuation studies for their case study regions. Likewise, in between workshops 3 and 4, partners carried out modelling work on the selected public goods/bads and governance mechanisms.
For further description and information about the stakeholder engagement in the PROVIDE Project, interested readers may consult the project’s deliverables D2.1, D2.2, D2.3 and D2.4. They can be found here.