Copyright of the picture: Liisa-Maija Karlsson
One key element at the project is local stakeholder panels which engage diverse, multi-actor stakeholders that are attached to rural areas either by profession or otherwise.
HÄME pilot has engaged 50 panel members. The members have been mapped according to the PoliRural standard procedure. The overall aim of stakeholder mapping is to identify actors interested and involved in collaborative policy development for rural areas and people within the framework of PoliRural project. As a result of the mapping (Table below), a list of potential stakeholders and the way they are involved in PoliRural project activities must be prepared.
The stakeholder mapping process is divided in four consecutive phases: 1) Identification phase, 2) Analysis phase, 3) Mapping phase, 4) Prioritization phase. A detailed explanation of the phases is in document T.4.2. Stakeholder Mapping & Regional Panel Setup.
The analysis of HÄME stakeholder panel nature and characterization resulted following visual images. HÄME pilot has succeeded to engage a very diverse panel that has representatives from potential rural newcomers up to policymakers at different levels.
The role of members and their engagement level varies. It may be that some take the role to inform about the project to their own network, some advise and consult project staff based on their experiences and know-how, some are willing to involve in the project activities, and some contribute to the R&I process and formulation of the results of the project.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 818496.
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