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Local development and strategic planing


Methodology

Transnational Triangulation

The primary objective of EPOurban project is already embeded in the title of the project itself. Accordingly, the project aims to build capacities of private owners of residential buildings, to take adaptation measures and to generate private investment into the residential building stock. How to reach that?  What measures and steps will be undertaken? The answer to this question will be given in the following text. However, here we would like to stress that there is also the secondary  and not so visible aim of the project, i.e. to foster social cohesion and thus to remove a critical market-failure in private housing as a key bottle neck for urban-revitalisation.
A key instrument for the realisation of the objectives is the municipal consulting system. The free-of charge consulting services is jointly designed by all project partners (6 cities and 1 regional association form different EU countries) to deliver ready-to-use concepts for private owners providing innovative solutions on a customized basis. At the same time, the consulting system is not restricted to a single problematic issue (each partner city has different problems or obstacles), the project initiates a durable and self-sustainable system of consulting, transferable also to other cities.
In order to built such a system, is hould be done an in-depth analysis about customers‘ needs and identification of necessary competences and skills of future consultants.
The first step of such analysis involved a comparison in three aspects: 1. Economic; 2. Legal; 3. Socio-cultural. This analysis was based on collection of hard data in each city in above mentioned fields and communicated on basis of a unified questionnaire.
The second step of the analysis contains qualitative aspects - for that purpose meetings/interviews should be organized in each city. The interviews has to address existing consultation services providers on one hand and the consultations target groups such as private buildings owners, owners associations, local inhabitants, tenants, local interests groups and on the other. The interviews should bring information how different stakeholdes  consider and perceive the conditions for mutul beneficiary cooperation, identify streghts and weaknessees in actual system and describe synergies and divergencies. Also the interviews is a tool undertaken in order to evaluate the partner cities existing consulting systems amd clarify local needs for additional Instruments, and finally – to define those instruments. The quality of collected information is neccesary prerequisite for successful progress of next phases of the project such as consulting conceptualisation, consulting team establishment and consulting implementation.