The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), in its capacity as the Policy Area “Health” Coordinator within the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)organized a conference promoting the policy-to-project-to-policy cycle. The event took place on 28 April and it was hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe at its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference brought together 35 policy and decision-makers, project implementers as well as representatives of academia and funding organizations.
The presentations and discussions underlined the need to tailor projects to respond to the politically agreed regional priorities. In addition, the relevant project results need to be more effectively brought to the attention of policy and decision-makers. The representatives of already completed projects shared their experiences on how to ensure both a close link to the policy level throughout the project lifecycle, and the relevance of key project outcomes for policy and decision-makers.
The NDPHS Secretariat and representatives of funding programs gave also practical information about upcoming funding calls for health-related projects in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. Those interested in implementing regional projects benefited from discussing their own project concepts during bilateral consultations with the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 during the event.
The participants agreed that the policy-to-project-to-policy approach is indispensable in making meaningful and lasting contributions to systemic improvements in the Baltic Sea Region and, in this way, successfully addressing regional challenges to health and social well-being. The event presented good ad
We hope the conference will have its follow-up in several successful regional initiatives closely following the event’s conclusions, and we sincerely thank the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 and the WHO Regional Office for Europe for their support in making this event possible.vice and an excellent opportunity to discuss possible future projects and establish new contacts.
The presentations given during the conference, the Moderator’s Conclusions as well as other documents are available from the event’s page on the NDPHS website: http://www.ndphs.org/?mtgs,ppp_conference