Start date: Dec 31, 2009,
End date: Dec 30, 2012
IMMODI is a capitalisation of results project bringing together 12 partners coming from eight (8) different Countries, addressing a regional policy issue of shared relevance to the partnership as it is the access and development of e-government and e-health services in mountainous and rural regions and territories of the EU. The overall project objective will be to reduce the cultural and human gap characterizing the less accessible areas, helping to reduce the isolation of mountain/rural areas through the use of innovative technological tools and spreading the use of ICTs and innovative contents through the implementation of new public services and opportunities.The project will provide the appropriate institutional and political framework for demonstrating, discussing and agreeing ways of new services' implementation. It will support European policy developments related to e-government and e-health services in mountainous regions and, finally, it will help regionaland local policies in the development of new services by defining concrete Action Plans for the implementation of the designated new services. Efforts will be concentrated on transferring new and sustainable services in the fields of e-government and e-health to mainstream OPs in the framework of these implementation instruments. 9 Action Plans (one for each of the participating regions) will be approved and commonly developed, sharing the same structure, but tailored by each of the regions according to their specific needs. Because of the specific focus in transferring practices into mainstream programmes, only MA or partners that could guarantee the involvement of the relevant bodies responsible for monitoring their OP were accepted to join the partnership. 10 good practices and services on e-government and 3 on e-health will be transferred in the framework of the project and constitute the good practices that will be taken as the project starting point.Some good practices come from the actual exportability of the findings and good practices that were produced by the MO.DI (Digital Mountains) Project and of the partners' stock of experiences fitting the regional OPs. The activities of IMMODI are mainly structured around three components: Component 1 Management and Coordination; Component 2 Communication and Dissemination; Component 3 Exchange of experience dedicated to the transfer of good practices into the Structural Funds mainstream OPs. A number of interregional events, technical workshops and political meetings with 'deep delegations', as well as the preparation of a cutting-edge guide on good practices and services of e-government and e-health are foreseen. The implementation will follow a 24 months multi-stage schedule and evaluation cycle with deliverables every 6 months. Achievements: IMMODI's 1st phase was dedicated to the strategic planning of project activities, to the definition of the project road map and to the establishment of the Technical Secretariat. The official project kick-off event and the first Steering Committee meeting were held in Potenza on 9-10/03/2010. The LP presented technical, monitoring, reporting and financial guidelines. The communication plan was approved and the IMMODIs official logo was selected. The project website was activated. The brochure was finalised in English and translated in the partners' languages. Local stakeholders were mobilised to launch the adaptation-tailoring process of best practices to be imported to the specificities of the territory. Deep delegations members were selected. The partners organised the first series of technical workshops already in this 1st semester. The 2nd semester focused on the identification of the final list of Best Practices (BPs) to be imported and on the creation of Transfer Groups, withexporting and importing Regions. A connection with the RUR@CT network was launched through the adoption of its transfer methodology. The 1st E-gov Forum took place in Karlskrona (13/10/2010). Two e-Newsletters were produced. Six regional technical workshops were organised. On 12/10/2010 the first study visit was organised on the Swedish E-Health Best Practices. The 1st Common Technical Meeting was held in Cunewalde, Bautzen, on 8-9/11/2010. The Regional Council of Auvergne presented the 1st draft of the Common Guide on BPs. In the 3rd semester, the assessment of the technical and financial feasibility of the transfer was completed. Through the enhancement of the co-operation between partner Regions (on-site visits, videoconferences, meetings), all technical and institutional details of the transfer process were discussed and agreed. Both the structure and contents of the Action Plans for the implementation of the selected BPs (7) were defined internally to each regional partner and at project level with all partners.The organisation of on-site visits to assess transferability and adaptability of the BPs went along with the mobilisation of relevant political decision-makers. Managing authorities were indeed involved actively and shared the results of the visits. Local technical workshops and political meetings were held to promote the co-operation with regional stakeholders and target groups. Various interregional events and and local lobbying initiatives pushed forward the political agenda of the transfer process, enabling the partners to target MAs and competent authorities by providing significant information on the mainstreaming. A common Political Meeting (Badajoz, 14/04/2011) and 3 dissemination events (e-Gov Forum in Sofia, e-Health Forum in Vuokatti and Conference in Brussels) gave the chance to expose and publicize to broader groups of political decision-makers, the relevance of IMMODI and its solutions for the digital divide of peripheral areas. The final phase, aiming to achieve envisaged transfer of BPs into mainstream policies, saw the partners mobilising more intensively political authorities to reach endorsement of the selected BPs. The identification of key decision-makers providing adequate political support and viable financial solutions for the transfer and successive mainstream into OPs and policies was crucial. The thorough involvement of deep delegations to bring together MAs and other relevant political decision makers in the analysis of the transferability and adaptability of BPs ensured political validation to actually implement BPs and their mainstream in OPs, national, regional and local policies, to improve existing e-policies in isolated mountain and rural areas. The final conference (Clermont Ferrand, 15/11/2011) diffused the project achievements and was closed by a very solemn act, the signature of 7 Action Plans by the Partners' MA, as a sign of their commitment and support for future implementation.
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