Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • SCALES - Breakdown and capitalisation of ESPON results on different scales


    Disseminating ESPON results goes along with several challenges with regard to scales. Especially stakeholders from the sub-national level often question the relevance of ESPON for their purposes. The aim of this project is to develop strategies to deal with the challenges of scales within the capitalisation of ESPON results.

    Starting point for the development of ‘scale-sensible dissemination’ are the following strategies:

    • ‘Zooming in’ – This strategy is the most obvious strategy, but in many cases this is only possible by linking ESPON results to domestic data.
    • ‘European Comparison’ – Comparing the local, regional or national position with a larger space is often more promising: using European averages, European trends, multinational constellations etc. offer a variety of quite ‘didactic’ approaches.
    • ‘Bi/multi-lateral comparison’ – Comparisons on (multi-) local, regional, national level are most promising: identifying groups of areas with similar challenges or profiles can be of high interest to political decision makers. These areas can be neighbouring but also dispersed. These comparisons can both feed the debate on Territorial Cohesion (regions with particular challenges) but also help establishing groups of stakeholders with regard to Priority-2-consortiums.

    Main results in terms of capitalisation

    A manual will be developed, bringing together the results of the seminars. The manual will provide advice on how to handle the problem of scale and how to use ESPON results on different levels.

    By structuring the manual in two parts, the manual will target two complementary user groups:

    • The manual will provide guidelines to facilitate the presentation of ESPON results at different scales depending on the involved countries. It will handle the variety of ESPON results from the more local scale to the more European and global scale
    • The manual will also provide thematic guidelines dedicated to specific European challenges and focussing on the themes of the seminars. It will focus on the scales challenges are comparable when talking about urban functions, transport and economy.

    Main activities envisaged

    • Seminar: cities, regional development and planning, Luxembourg (Sept-Oct 2011)
    • Seminar: urban-rural relations, Hungary (Sept-Oct 2011)
    • Seminar: economy, innovation and accessibility, Switzerland (March 2012)
    • Seminar: risk management, climate change and culture, Austria (March 2012)
    • Final seminar: SCALES–ESPON results in transnational and national focus, Germany (Sept 2012)

    Lead Partner

    Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), DE

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

    Budget: € 337.790,00

    Project’s lifetime: 30 September 2010 – 30 April 2013

    Delivery of Reports
    Draft Final Report: 31 January 2013
    Final Report: 30 April 2013

    More information
    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
    Marjan VAN HERWIJNEN, e-mail:


    Name Type Size
    Final Report PDF 2.84 MB
    Final Report - Guidelines for the dissemination of ESPON results in different spatial contexts PDF 2.57 MB
    Final Report - Annexes (1-4) Annex 1: Summary and overview of compulsory actions and contractual obligations. Annex 2: List of the materials developed by the project. Annex 3: Types of policy-relevant NUTS scales. Annex 4: Contents of the seminar questionnaire PDF 204.01 KB
    Final Report - Annex 5 (Seminar Reports) PDF 2.93 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 3.47 MB
    Draft Final Report - Guidelines for dissemination of ESPON results PDF 2.28 MB
    Draft Final Report - Seminar Report - Budapest 27 October 2011 PDF 662.74 KB
    Draft Final Report - Seminar Report - Luxembourg 11 November 2011 PDF 1,002.37 KB
    Draft Final Report - Seminar Report - Bern 4 May 2012 PDF 125.63 KB
    Draft Final Report - Seminar Report - Vienna 4 June 2012 PDF 967.69 KB
    Draft Final Report - Seminar Report - Berlin 30 October 2012 PDF 209.08 KB