Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Making Local Strategies Work: Building the Evidence Base


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ISBN Number: 9789264044852
Publication Date:
June 2008

No. pages: 174

Making Local Strategies Work: Building the Evidence Base

Published by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme

This book aims to support the design and delivery of more effective local and regional economic development strategies. A crucial part of this process is the collection and use of evidence, on local needs and options and on what works and what does not.
Each important step in the process of designing an effective evidence-based strategy is explained and examined, with a particular focus on the work that should be done in advance of implementation, before resources are spent. Information is provided on defining objectives, identifying options, assessing expected impacts, using assessment results, implementing strategies and developing information systems. The main principles and techniques, as well as typical problems and how to overcome them, are discussed.
Through this book, the reader will learn how to create and put into place successful evidence-based strategies that will increase economic impacts and enhance the programme-management process.

Table of contents:

About the Contributors
Executive Summary
Introduction. Developing an Evidence Base: The Issues by Mike Geddes
Chapter 1. Defining the Objectives of Local Development Strategies by Brian Robson and Iain Deas
Chapter 2. Idenfifying the Options for Intervention by Paul Lawless
Chapter 3. Assessing Expected Impacts by Colin Wren
Chapter 4. Making Use of Prior Assessments Results by Ville Valovirta
Chapter 5. Implementation of the Local Development Strategy by Neil MacCallum
Chapter 6. Information Systems by Jaime Del Castillo and Silke Haarich

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