TerrEvi – Territorial Evidence Packs for Structural Funds Programmes

Thematic scope

The ESPON knowledge base is now developed to a level capable of delivering important support to other Structural Funds programmes which can help programme bodies in their strategic programming and implementation.
Important new facts and evidence at European level from ESPON projects can be broken down to regions and, if relevant, aggregated to larger territorial contexts which in turn can be used as knowledge base for identification of place-specific characteristics as well as territorial features such as interrelationships and interdependencies within or between places.
The strategic character of programmes may be improved by benchmarking and identification of key challenges and potentials in a European context which in turn can support the setting of public investment priorities accompanied by tangible targets.

The project shall prepare and provide the envisaged transfer of territorial knowledge to programmes under the anticipated “Jobs and Growth” objective (former objective 1 Convergence and Objective 2 Competitiveness and Employment goals) and the objective of European Territorial Cooperation. The project will cover one-region programmes as well as multi-region programmes.

Please read more about the main research areas and the main results envisaged, including practical outputs such as ESPON Factsheets for 52 Cross-border and 13 Transnational Co-operation Areas and ten in-depth Territorial Evidence Packs for ten Structural Funds programme areas

Lead Partner

Metis Gmbh, Vienna, Austria

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

Budget: €480,600

Project’s lifetime: February 2012 to December 2013

Delivery of Reports


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:
Peter BILLING, e-mail: peter.billing@espon.eu

Main results envisaged

  • Methodological conceptual framework for delivery of relevant territorial benchmarking and analytical components in ESPON Territorial Evidence Packs relevant for Structural Funds Programmes.
  • 10 Territorial Evidence Packs for the selected case-study programme areas including territorial benchmarking, analysis, maps, territorial indicators and datasets.
  • 65 ESPON Factsheets benchmarking 52 Cross-border areas and 13 Transnational Co-operation Areas currently active, largely being produced using the same set of key indicators.

Main research area

The main objective of the project is to develop an operational methodological concept and supporting tools for using European territorial evidence for more strategic programming in the period beyond 2013. This involves:

  • Identifying territorial structures, trends, perspectives and policy impacts in the European context that may offer opportunities and/or require action from a Structural Funds programme perspective.
  • Building up an evidence-based characterisation (e.g. comparative analysis, network analysis) and appreciation (e.g. SWOT, benchmark) of the programme area in question.
  • An operational set of indicators (1) related to the territorial dimension of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (2) reflecting the Territorial Agenda policy principles and (3) useful in relation to the programme priorities.
  • Geographical approaches such as typologies and multi-scalar analysis from the global to the regional/local level.


Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1710KB

Draft Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1802KB

10 ESPON Territorial Evidence Packs

  • Zip archive | 37071KB

Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1245KB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 699KB

Project Specifications

  • Acrobat Document | 64KB


  • Zip archive | 37071KB