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The public sector as partner for a better society - supra-local and local level

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

The Public Sector as Partner for a Better Society: European, National and Regional Level - EPSA 2015 | Supra-Local and Local Level - EPSA 2015 | Cross Cutting - EPSA 2015


Award winners

ProjectsCountryOrganisationLevel of governmentSectorShort english description
Every Child Safe Forever (ECSF project) – The Development of Relentless Family Case Management and the End of Parole and Other Court OrdersNetherlandsYouth Protection Amsterdam RegionLocal levelPublic health and social welfare/affairsYouth Protection Amsterdam Region is a certified institution responsible for providing specialised care to families whose children face severe safety threats. The organisation aims to guarantee children’s permanent security, and a safe upbringing.

Award nominees

ProjectsCountryOrganisationLevel of governmentSectorShort english description
Improved Customer-Oriented Policing in an Age of AusterityIrelandGarda Síochána Division of Dublin North Central Police ServiceLocal levelJustice, police, human rights and securityIn the context of austerity, diminishing resources, reducing salaries, increasing customer expectations and police reform (doing more with less), the senior management team in the Garda Síochána Division of Dublin North Central Police Service, supported by research, set out to explore the market-orientation performance relationship in a policing context.
Your City, You DecidePolandMunicipality of LublinLocal levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform‘Your City, You Decide’ is a social participation umbrella programme of the City of Lublin involving social partners such as NGOs, District Councils and residents.

Honorary mentions and Best Practice Certificates

ProjectsCountryOrganisationLevel of governmentSectorShort english description
Rijeka’s eBenefitsCroatiaMunicipality of Rijeka, Department of Health and Social WelfareLocal levelcross-sectoralThe project Rijeka’s eBenefits has been developed with the target of improving beneficiaries’ access to information, as well as increasing efficiency of the city’s social welfare system and improving communication between city administration and citizens in general.
Better PlaceCzech RepublicCity of KolinLocal levelcross-sectoralIn 2010 the City of Kolin participated in the Better Place (BP) pilot project. BP is a social responsible online platform which immediately and directly allows users to deliver feedback on how to improve public spaces. BP is part of Kolin’s modernisation and development of the city administration.
FremfærdDenmarkFremfærd (organization)Local levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformFremfærd focuses on collective efforts to develop municipal primary tasks and improve efficiency through e.g. working on: enhancing quality and professionalism, including strategic competence development; promoting trust, wellbeing and a good psychosocial working environment when working on the primary task; developing innovation momentum; creating measurement tools and cultures of assessment; promoting good leadership; focusing on citizens; developing employees’ influence on their own work.
The Potential ProfileDenmarkIkast-Brande MunicipalityLocal levelEducation (higher and lower), training and learningThe Potential Profile ensures development of high quality day-care centres via a new and effective form of partnership between public departments. High quality makes it possible for all children, irrespective of conditions and background, to gain optimal possibilities for well-being, development and learning - and to feel valuable participants in the community.
We Design for LifeDenmarkMunicipality of KoldingLocal levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformIn December 2012 a new vision for the Municipality of Kolding was decided by the Town Council: “We Design for Life - Together we design options for a good life through entrepreneurship, social innovation and education”.
Environmental Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Drama Regional Unit – The Application of a Decision Support System & Public Information Tool in the Greek AdministrationGreeceEnvironmental and Spatial Planning Administration of East Macedonia and Thrace Region, GreeceLocal levelcross-sectoralThe project was programmed, structured, planned and completed exclusively by the Department of Environment and Hydroeconomy of the Drama Regional Unit, Environmental and Spatial Planning Administration of East Macedonia and Thrace Region-Greece, in cooperation with the IT Department of Drama Regional Unit.
The Future Education Vision of Reykjanesbaer TownIcelandReykjanesbaer Municipal Education OfficeLocal levelEducation (higher and lower), training and learningSince the year 2002, the Future Educational Vision of Reykjanesbaer Town has been formulated for a period of four years at a time. In 2011, the ambitious goal was set to bring all the town’s pre-, primary and secondary schools to the top of national rankings in education.
Merger of North and South Tipperary County Councils into a Unified Tipperary County CouncilIrelandTipperary County CouncilLocal levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformCounty Tipperary, Ireland’s largest inland county, has a population of 158,754 and covers an area of 4,282 km². Tipperary had been administered as two separate local government units since 1838. In July 2011, the national government announced the establishment of a unified county council in Tipperary to replace the existing North and South Tipperary County Councils, to be effective from 2014.
Project of Improvement of Quality of Public ServicesLithuaniaAlytus City Municipal AdministrationLocal levelPublic administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reformThe project Improvement of Quality of Public Services provided by the Alytus City Municipal Administration was a long-term project implemented from 2009 to 2015. Its aim was to achieve quality improvements in public services provided by the Alytus City Municipal Administration by creating and implementing a “One-Stop-Shop” public service system and Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and performing external evaluation of the activity of the administration.
HSD Campus and HSD Development FundNetherlandsMunicipality of The HagueLocal levelcross-sectoralThis project was undertaken by the Municipality of The Hague in collaboration with the HSD Foundation and sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund. Its aim is to better facilitate the security cluster in general and stimulate innovation by triple-helix cooperation (businesses, governments and knowledge institutions) in specific.
Local Human Rights in Utrecht – Empowering a Local Network with Global ValueNetherlandsMunicipality of UtrechtLocal levelJustice, police, human rights and securityThe City of Utrecht has been actively working on promoting a human rights culture in the city since 2010. The city is aware of the importance of its role in defending people’s human rights and fitting the identity of an open, social city in which many social and civil organisations undertake their activities.
Social District TeamsNetherlandsMunicipality of ZaanstadLocal levelRegional policy and development, decentralisationIn 2013, pilot studies were initiated on working with ‘Social District Teams’. Unlike most Dutch municipalities, Zaanstad chose to put the Social district teams to tender outside the municipal organisation and with multiple contractors.
Action Programme for Large Families – Three Plus FamilyPolandMunicipality of Lublin Department of Health and Social AffairsLocal levelPublic health and social welfare/affairsThe Action Programme for large families: Three Plus Family (Rodzina Trzy Plus) was introduced by the legal Act No. 429/XIX/2012 of 29 March 2012 of Lublin City Council. The programme is addressed to all families residing in the area of the City of Lublin with three or more children up to the age of 18 or 25 (if they are in full-time education).
Solidarity Barn Project – Celeiro SolidárioPortugalCampolide Parish CouncilLocal levelPublic health and social welfare/affairsThe Solidarity Barn Project (Celeiro Solidário) began as a citizens’ movement that aimed to create awareness for the importance of solidarity and the reduction of food waste.
Digital PathologyPortugalCova da Beira Hospital (CHCB) Centro Hospitalar Cova da Beira, E.P.E.Local levelcross-sectoralThe “Digital Pathological Anatomy” is an innovative project in Portugal, based on the interaction between different hardware and software combinations aimed at creating a global management platform for all data and images generated in a pathological anatomy laboratory.
SocialXChange – More than a Charity ShopRomaniaGeneral Direction of Social Care and Child Protection, 6th District, BucharestLocal levelcross-sectoralSocialXchange is a new concept of social solidarity designed to promote involvement and mutual benefit in support of community relations. It is based on a shop, which effectively manages community resources available in order to equitably redistribute them among people who want to participate in charity, but also among those with low income who do not want to depend on begging.
LGBT-Friendly LjubljanaSloveniaMunicipality of LjubljanaLocal levelcross-sectoralWith the goals of significantly reducing homophobia and empowering lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT), the City of Ljubljana addresses special care and attention to the LGBT community. It offers diverse support to the development, organisation and implementation of projects and programmes for the LGBT community.
Home Debt Intermediation ServiceSpainBarcelona Provincial CouncilLocal levelcross-sectoralHome Debt Intermediation Service “Servei d’Intermediació en Deutes d’Habitatge” (SIDH), protects the right to housing by preventing the loss of homes due to mortgage loan repayment difficulties. SIDH offers free specialised legal advice and intermediation with financial entities to defend resolution proposals.
New Sustainable Management Model – Street Cleaning Services and Solid Waste CollectionSpainPublic Sanitation and Environmental Protection Municipal Limited Liability Company, SevilleLocal levelEnvironment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fisheryA Public Sanitation and Environmental Protection Municipal Limited Liability Company “Limpieza Pública y Protección Ambiental S.A. Municipal” (LIPASAM), was created in March 1986 to attend to the City of Seville. LIPASAM was exhausted, in the middle of an economic crisis, and it was necessary to increase city cleaning activities while reducing an unsustainable budget for the City Government.
The Rural AcceleratorSwedenMunicipality of SjöboLocal levelcross-sectoralSjöbo is a small town and the seat of Sjöbo Municipality in Skåne County, Sweden, with about 8,000 inhabitants. The main objectives of the Rural Accelerator are to develop ideas and businesses in the countryside based on the special features rural areas offer.
Sprouts of KarşıyakaTurkeyKarşıyaka MunicipalityLocal levelcross-sectoralThe actual goal of this project is to support successful university students throughout their education who have no or insufficient income and live in the İzmir Karşıyaka province border. At the same time, it is aimed to include the local administration of Karşıyaka in maintaining equal opportunities for students.

Award submissions