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From Planning to Implementation

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Our ambition

This initiative supports the implementation/realisation phase of smart city strategies and plans.

Our case

Making best use of capacity and practical help with implementation.

Cities often meet the same challenges when they want to implemt their plans and strategies (choice on suitable locations, detailing and feasibility, involvement of owners, citizens and other stakeholders, mobilising funding, maximising impact). Commonalities are the key to identifying generic elements and translate these into practical instruments. We need to share more knowledge on what works and what does not.

Our effort

For the time being, the initiative gathers a group of 15 commitments. They consist mainly of cities but industry, finance and research sectors are also represented. Their aim is having between 5-10 plans implemented within 10 years.

Our approach

Categorising common pathways. Smart City Cookbook (defining strategies). Smart City Survival Guide (for implementation). Smart City Medical Aid Kit (existing solutions and best practices). Joint proposals in H2020, ESPON, KIC’s.

a) categorise broad, common pathways for cities in developing smart city strategies/planning, depending upon morphology, existing infrastructures and energy supply, growth or decline, etc. (together with initiatives in vertical action clusters and action cluster Integrated Planning)

b) identify ingredients for Smart City Cookbook. Make role Integrated Planning explicit. (together with initiative on Replication and Upscaling) and publish this

c) analyse current and previous Smart City implementation trajectories in the past, select common obstacles, legislative aspects, pitfalls, windows of opportunity, funding possibilities, and define common steps. Publish this overview in Smart City Survival Guide.

d) define ready-made solutions and workarounds for urgent problems in Smart City Medical Aid Kit

e) meanwhile develop joint proposals in H2020, ESPON, KIC’s f) telco’s and 2-3 workshops (Dutch presidency?)

Our action

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Categorisation of common pathways

  • Number:  15 commitments from the EIP.

  • Target audience: Any commitment with the aim to implement SCC strategies.

  • Method: webinar.

  • Impact: Understanding implementation processes and identifying steps from planning to implementation.

  • Interlinks: Scaling up & replication of SCC Plans, Tools for decision making, management and benchmarking, Citzen Focus.

  • Next step/ feeds into: Use findings for next deliverable (Smart City Cookbook).

Smart City Cookbook

  • Number:  15 commitments.

  • Target audience: Any commitment with the aim to implement SCC strategies.

  • Method: roundtable discussion.

  • Impact: Defining a clear set of steps/aspects to be included in a strategy.

  • Next step/ feeds into: Smart City Survival Guide.

  • Way of dissemination: Workshop/ webinar.

Smart City Survival Guide

  • Number:  25 commitments from the EIP. 

  • Target audience: Target 50 cities ready to replicate the methods. 

  • Method: webinar.

  • Impact: Involving 50 cities in the implementation process. 

  • Interlinks: Citizen Focus, Mobility, Business Models.

  • Way of dissemination: Workshop during GA. 

Smart City Medical Aid Kit

  • Number: 15 cases. 

  • Target audience: CELCIUS, STEP UP, Citykeys, SCIS, RENOURBAN, Standardization, Urban Platform, lighthouse projects.

  • Impact: Awareness raising and knowledge exchange.

  • Interlinks: Business Models.

  • Next step/ feeds into: Identify replication cities.

  • Way of dissemination: Exhibition/ Workshop.


Latest news

During the From Planning to Implementation break-out session at the EIP-SCC 2016 General Assembly, the Initiative team presented and discussed the input from different cities and projects on lessons learned to feed the Guidance Package.

Conclusions and next steps:

  • Agreement to include more cases on lighthouse projects in the Guidance Package.
  • Desk research and interviews with delegates implementing Smart City plans will be conducted
  • Virtual meetings will be convened to organize and coordinate the works in June and November
  • There will be a workshop end of September in Brussels
  • The final proposal of the Package will be discussed in the Action Cluster meeting in Autumn and, after approval published at the website.
  • Focus on the URBACT call of proposals for the creation of IMPLEMENTATION NETWORKS.

The Scaling up and Replication initiative has been launched during the meeting. 


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