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EPSA 2019 Best Practices & first results

EPSA 2019 Best Practices

In the first two steps of the EPSA evaluation methodology, all applications underwent first a remote and online evaluation by external and independent evaluators (academics, practitioners or PA consultants). Then, these evaluators met in Maastricht on 13-14 June to discuss any differences in scoring and reach a consensus on the projects they had assessed. The aim of this consensus meeting was to identify the Best Practice Certificate (BPC) among all the eligible projects.

Out of all the applications submitted to the EPSA 2019 40 projects from 14 different European countries have been identified as being a Best practice.

Best Practices of the supra-local and local category

Best Practices of the Regional category

Best Practices of the European and national category

Total list of Best Practices

What’s next?

The evaluators also identified top-ranked projects in each administrative category (the nominee candidates), which will be visited on-site by the EPSA Team. All projects that will receive such a visit have already been notified by the EPSA Team.

These on-site visits will take place from July to early September to verify the evaluation results and, in early October, a high-level international jury will take the final decision on the nominees and the award winners. All nominated projects (and thus potential EPSA 2019 winners) will be notified by the EPSA Team early October. (More information about the evaluation phase can be found in the ‘Evaluation Process’ box.)

The best practices, nominees and prize winners will be presented during a three-day high-level final event and award ceremony in Maastricht (NL) on 4, 5 and 6 November 2019 and all EPSA 2019 submitters are most welcome to attend these events. Following a well-established tradition, the various events will take place at three different venues in Maastricht, i.e. , the Maastricht Town Hall, the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and the Provincial Government Buildings on the Meuse respectively.

EPSA 2019: First results

The application phase of the EPSA 2019 ended on Sunday, 5 May 2019. The EPSA received nearly 160 projects from 28 different countries, 1 EU agency and 1 EU Justice-related international organisation, which present citizen-centric solutions aiming to make their administrations sustainable and fit for the future.

This year’s edition, which is taking place under the overarching theme “New Solutions to Complex Challenges – A public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future”, received contributions dealing with areas such as public administration modernisation and reform, information society and digitisation, education, health, and public order and safety, justice and human rights.

81 projects were submitted in the European and National administrative category, 23 in the Regional administrative category and 54 in the Supra-Local and Local category.

The countries which submitted the highest number of applications are Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Norway.