Learning Regions

Only the sky limits learning, and the sky is without limits

Systemic learning processes are determined by the interaction and networking of individual people, enterprises, organisations and institutions, who are the active promoters of the region’s future potential. Their web of interactions is the seedbed for creativity and innovation. The ÖAR contributes to bringing the relevant actors together in regional networks and clusters.  We generate and provide tools tools for stimulating and coordinating “innovative milieus”. Our approach follows the four principles:

  • Passion: What do people really want? In which fields are they committed enough to generate energies and synergies for change?
  • Action: How do brilliant ideas turn into viable projects?
  • Competence: Which skills and what kind of knowledge are to be emphasized, and how should individual, organisational, network and policy learning be designed?
  • Reflection: What do we learn from the results of our endeavours?

Selected References:

  • “Lifelong Learning as a topic in LEADER regions 2014-2020″ – Handbook for Local Action Groups in association with the Austrian Institute for Adult Education (2014)
  • „Bildungsdialog Oberinnviertel-Mattigtal“ – a project for fostering willingness to learn. Client: LAG Oberinnviertel-Mattigtal. (2010-2012)
  • Regionalentwicklung |Naturparke, Nationalparke, Biosphärenparke
  • Development concept for the Nature Park Müllerthal, on behalf of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxemburg (2013-2014)
  • Feasibility study „Geopark Mëllerdall“; on behalf of: RIM Regional Initiativ Mëllerdall, Luxemburg Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. (2013-2014)
  • Monitoring und Evaluierung | Systemische Evaluierung
  • Evaluation of initiatives dealing with Austrian food/ cuisine, funded by the Austrian Rural development programme 2007-2013“ in association with MODUL University Vienna. Client:  Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (2014-2015)
  • Ex-ante evaluation and strategic environmental assessment for ETC AT-SK 2014-2020. Client: Vienna city administration, MA 27. (2013-2015)
  • Ex-ante evaluation of ERDF cross-border cooperation programme Austria-Bavaria 2014-2020. Client: Upper Austrian Federal Government, Department for Spatial Planning (2013-2014)
  • Evaluation of the Interreg IVA-project „MSB-innocat“ – Innovation catalyst for the Mühlviertel – South Bohemia region. Client: TDZ Donau-Böhmerwald, Techcenter Linz-Winterhafen (2014).
  • Ex-ante Evaluation of the ERDF-programme  “Regional Competitiveness and Employment 2014-2020 Baden-Württemberg” . Client: Federal Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg. (2012-2014)
  • Coordinating the ex-ante evaluation of the Austrian programme for rural development 2014-2020 in association with ÖIR. Client: Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (2012-2014)
  • Ex-post evaluation of the Regional Development Programme for the region „Nature Reserve/Nature Park Tiroler Lech“. Client: Regionalentwicklung Außerfern – REA (2014)
  • Mid-term evaluation of the EU-funded programmes “Integrierte nachhaltige Raumentwicklung” (integrated sustainable spatial development), Leader and ETZ 2007-2013. In association with the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning ÖIR. Client: Styrian Federal State Government. (2011-2012)
  • Pre-evaluation and implementation support for  submitted projects in the funding programme „COMET Projekte“. Client: Upper Austrian Research (2013).
  • Synthesis of Mid-Term Evaluations of EU Rural Development Programmes 2007-2013. In association with ÖIR, ECORYS, Polish Academy of Sciences/ Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, University of Gloucestershire,  assigned by DG AGRI (2012).
  • Impact Assessment for agri-related education, vocational training and counselling in Austria. Client: Austrian Institute for Adult Education (oieb) assigned by LandImpulse Österreich (2011-2012)
  • Assistance to the creation of the funding measure „Learning Regions“ and assistance to the steering group of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) for implementing the measure (since 2008), on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
  • Consulting for the establishment of the „Learning Region Mittelburgenland”, Austria (2010), on behalf of the LAG Mittelburgenland

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