Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • SMART-IST, Smart Institutions for Territorial Development

    Thematic scope

    The targeted analysis will address the institutional factors explaining the efficiency of public institutions in designing and implementing successful territorial development strategies and policy in the framework of EU Cohesion Policy. The main objective of this targeted analysis is to develop a common methodology aiming at recognizing, assessing and enhance institutional efficiency. This methodology will also support the identification of technical assistance measures to be adopted at central and regional government levels in order to strengthen the administrative capacity for the implementation of Cohesion Policy. In this regard, the identification of successful experiences or methods seen as a benchmark for other regions in Europe, represent a relevant expected result of the analysis.

    The targeted analysis will mainly address selected territories of France and Italy. However, it will be extended to two additional case studies selected according to their relevance in relation to the goal of the targeted analysis (likely including one of the Member States having joined in 2004 or one of the current accessing countries). The identification of the two additional case studies will be decided during the implementation phase in cooperation between the TPG and the stakeholders.

    Please read more about the main areas of analysis and main results envisaged on the next page.


    • Department for Development and Economic Cohesion of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Interministerial Delegation for the Development and Competitiveness of Territories (DATAR) of the French Government

    Lead Partner

    Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione (DiAP) Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

    Budget: € 345.803,00

    Project’s lifetime: October 2010 – July 2012

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 2 June 2011

    Interim Report: 14 November 2011

    Draft Final Report: 13 April 2012

    Final Report: 15 June 2012


    Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

    More information

    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
    Sara FERRARA, e-mail:


    Name Type Size
    Final Report PDF 546.68 KB
    Draft Final Report PDF 14.04 MB
    Interim Report PDF 227.34 KB
    Inception Report PDF 513.21 KB
    Project Specifications PDF 64.38 KB
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