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The observations and insights of PoliRural project – Policy Value Chain

PoliRural project is a Horizon2020 funded project that researches, innovates, and delivers novel solutions to future-oriented collaborative policy development for rural areas.

What is then the policy value chain?

The image on right represents my subjective interpretation of the policy value chain. It is shaped based on my experiences and learnings at PoliRural. It is rather ideal and optimistic. I trust that in real life the value chain is far more complicated and fuzzy. I have also doubts about policymakers’ interest and ability to include into the process the diverse change factors (drivers, mega-trends, trends, weak signals), and multiple voices of the customers i.e. citizens and civil society.

However, this image includes the following components of PoliRural Pre-Foresight studies:

  • PoliRural partners have identified and described 64 Change Factors that are grouped in STEEPV-groups, that are Social-, Technological-, Economic-, Environmental-, Political-, and Value weighted change factors.
  • PoliRural 12 pilots have listened to rural inhabitants and rural development professionals on needs and requirements that echo diverse rural realities.
  • PoliRural 12 pilots have mapped policies that aim to impact on rural future and compared the policies to needs.
  • PoliRural has investigated, through local stakeholder panels, the SWOT situation in pilot areas. What are Häme region’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats from the stakeholders’ perspective?
  • PoliRural pilots have explored rural-related Key Performance Indicators (KPI) through System Dynamics Modelling and later we will define a locally adapted set of KPIs that are addressed to direct the rural policy value chain transformation. Imagine, we will monitor and assess policymakers’ performance and impact on rural areas.

There are though a bunch of parameters and components that I have brought into the image but which are excluded from the PoliRural research e.g. the values and principles of politicians. They are out of the box, in this research.

As a result of Pre-Foresight studies, the HÄME pilot, just like the 11 other pilots, has acquired a better understanding of rural reality from the policy value chain and policy-making performance point of view. The Pre-Foresight phase purpose is to make observations and seek evidence on the environment. To understand what is the situation today, in order to be able to define a future vision for 2040.

The next phases of PoliRural research are firstly the actual Foresight phase and then to define the Post-Foresight.

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The observations and insights of PoliRural project – Stakeholders

PoliRural project is a Horizon2020 project that researches and innovates novel approaches to future-oriented collaborative policy development for rural areas. Project web-page is www.polirural.eu.

Project has 12 pilots of which HÄME in Finland is one. The overall ambition of HÄME pilot is:

The Häme pilot will use PoliRural results to boost the region’s attractiveness by introducing business-friendly policies that can encourage new entrepreneurs to create products and services on circular-economy and well-being, which in the future may become a significant source of employment. 

One key element at the project is local stakeholder panels which engage diverse, multi-actor stakeholders that are attached to rural areas either by profession or otherwise.

HÄME pilot has engaged 50 panel members. The members have been mapped according to the PoliRural standard procedure. The overall aim of stakeholder mapping is to identify actors interested and involved in collaborative policy development for rural areas and people within the framework of PoliRural project. As a result of the mapping (Table 1), a list of potential stakeholders and the way they are involved in PoliRural project activities must be prepared. 

Stakeholder mapping process is divided in four consecutive phases: 1) Identification phase, 2) Analysis phase, 3) Mapping phase, 4) Prioritization phase.  The detailed explanation of the phases is in the document T.4.2. Stakeholder Mapping & Regional Panel Setup. 

Table 1: An example of stakeholder mapping

The analysis of HÄME stakeholder panel nature and characterization resulted in the following images. HÄME pilot has succeeded to engage a very diverse panel that has representatives from potential rural newcomers up to policymakers at different levels.

The role of members and their engagement level varies. It may be that some take the role to inform about the project to their own network, some advise and consult project staff based on their experiences and know-how, some are willing to involve in the project activities, and some contribute to the R&I process and formulation of the results of the project.

The role of stakeholder panel in Polirural is discussed in this article.

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Visualizations about Häme-region and Finland. Median wage in post code areas

As part of Polirural, Häme-region was chosen to be one of the pilot areas. Polirural is European Union project, which aims to increase well being and sustainability of the country side. One of the main goals of Polirural project is to tackle problems what rural regions are facing throughout Europe. As part of Polirural project, Smart & Lean Hub Oy aims to increase awareness of these problems and other demographic data trends by utilizing open data of Häme-region, to create interactive visualizations.

Last visualization in our series is map depicting median wage in choropleth map, created with Mapbox studio. Visualization shows median wage of everyone over age of 18 in Finland, by utilizing text and color coding. Besides median wage, visualization also shows name of postal area.

Picture above is screenshot of visualization taken from Otaniemi, Helsinki. Otaniemi has multiple student facilities, which explains why median wage is so much lower than in postal areas surrounding it. To see full map, you can click image below. To see names and median wages of postal areas, you need to zoom closer to region what you want to inspect.

Link to interactive visualization

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Visualizations about Häme-region and Finland. Level of education in Häme region by county and gender

As part of Polirural, Häme-region was chosen to be one of the pilot areas. Polirural is European Union project, which aims to increase well being and sustainability of the country side. One of the main goals of Polirural project is to tackle problems what rural regions are facing throughout Europe. As part of Polirural project, Smart & Lean Hub Oy aims to increase awareness of these problems and other demographic data trends by utilizing open data of Häme-region, to create interactive visualizations.

Fourth visualization in our series is line chart about level of education in Häme region by gender and county. Visualization showcases yearly change in level of education in population, by drawing line for amount of people on each level of education.

  • Orange line = Upper secondary education or post-secondary non-tertiary education
  • Light blue = Short-cycle tertiary education or bachelor’s or equivalent level
  • Purple = Master’s or equivalent level or doctoral or equivalent level
  • Dark blue = Basic education or level of education unknown

Visualization highlights change in level of education in timeline of 20 years. Visualization shows how people have got more educated and its increasingly rare to have person without education beyond basic level.

Link to interactive visualization

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RURAL FUTURES

Horizon2020 projects’ knowledge transfer session on 26.4.2021 among Finnish partners.

We had an opportunity to hear achievements and plans through four H2020 project presentations. All projects are putting efforts into a novel rural future.

PoliRural SHERPA RURALIZATION DESIRA

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Visualizations about Häme-region and Finland population visualization with animation

As part of Polirural, Häme-region was chosen to be one of the pilot areas. Polirural is European Union project, which aims to increase well being and sustainability of the country side. One of the main goals of Polirural project is to tackle problems what rural regions are facing throughout Europe. As part of Polirural project, Smart & Lean Hub Oy aims to increase awareness of these problems and other demographic data trends by utilizing open data of Häme-region, to create interactive visualizations.

Third visualization in our series is animated line chart of total population in Häme region municipalities

Point of this visualization is to highlight declining population by utilizing line chart and animation. Visualization shows stark decline in population in many smaller rural municipalities , but increasing population in big cities in region.

Visualization highlights how in certain municipalities population has been experiencing either stagnation or decline for decade.

Link to interactive visualization

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Visualizations about Häme-region and Finland Treemap

As part of Polirural, Häme-region was chosen to be one of the pilot areas. Polirural is European Union project, which aims to increase well being and sustainability of the country side. One of the main goals of Polirural project is to tackle problems what rural regions are facing throughout Europe. As part of Polirural project, Smart & Lean Hub Oy aims to increase awareness of these problems and other demographic data trends by utilizing open data of Häme-region, to create interactive visualizations.

Second visualization in our series is tree map regarding indurusty revenue and employment-

Purpose of this visualization is to highlight difference between two Häme-region counties, Päijät – and Kanta-Häme. Treemap visualizes certain key values regarding industry operating in these counties. Utilizing selector in top right, you can choose between key value. By clicking selector under it at “Valitse vuosi” you can select year.

Visualization shows that agricultural and traditional industries are still major employees and generators of revenue. Visualization also shows positive trend in employment and positive growth in certain industry sectors between years 2013 and 2019.

Link to interactive visualization

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Blue Wings Composting CITIES2030 PoliRural

Blue Wings Composting – Toukkakompostori – again

Blue Wings Composting – Toukkakompostori – has won 16.4.2021 the national Finnish STEM – StarT competition, together with 9 other projects. See the results.

Thanks to all participants and stakeholders, particularly Länsiharju primary school’s 4th class and their teacher. In the below picture the class and teacher forward the well-fed and fat larvae back to nature at Vesijärvi-lake for fish food. Thanks greatly also to the CEO of Blue Wings Composting, Saverio Danubio from Italy.

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Visualizations about Häme-region and Finland

As part of Polirural, Häme-region was chosen to be one of the pilot areas. Polirural is European Union project, which aims to increase well being and sustainability of the country side. One of the main goals of Polirural project is to tackle problems what rural regions are facing throughout Europe. As part of Polirural project, Smart & Lean Hub Oy aims to increase awareness of these problems and other demographic data trends by utilizing open data of Häme-region, to create interactive visualizations.

First visualization what we are looking at is about elderly population

In Finland, rural municipalities face demographic problem. Aging population is serious issue in rural areas. Young people move away due lack of opportunity and low birthrate of people who stay is not enough to keep municipality from having continuously expanding elderly population. I created visualization to highlight increasing number of elderly in more rural municipalities and compare change in amount of elderly and in population between different municipalities.

Visualization highlights trend very accurately and it also showcases difference between largest city in the region (Lahti) and other municipalities.

In the image color depicts municipality and every dot is one year in this scatter plot. By clicking this link , you can see interactive version of the image. By double clicking one of the municipalities you can more accurately inspect data and by hovering your mouse over dots you can see year and accurate values.

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OpenSpring INSPIRE Hackathon 2021 – #2

Challenge #2: Regional Attractiveness

This challenge’s primary goals are to explore and develop different forms of simple, understandable, and tempting attractive communication of regional attractiveness assessment. The challenge results will help identify and visualise similarities and differences between various regions based on statistical data. The team should consider, test and experiment with multiple approaches that include but are not limited to index calculation, clustering or machine learning methods.

The work in the challenge will be divided into three tasks: dataapplication and testing.

The data group will focus on optimising existing input data sets, adding new data, and dealing with data semantics, including classification of input data according to various classification systems (e.g. UN SDG, GEMET, RRI pillars etc.). Also, calculation methods and assessment of the attractiveness will be moved on, including testing machine learning approaches.

The application group will develop and improve existing interactive web application(s) showing attractiveness maps (index and clusters). The goal of the application’s development is to provide more opportunities for adjusting the perspective of attractiveness assessment to concrete user requirements.

The challenge will be tested in different scales including parcel level


The application is available at https://hub.polirural.eu/hsl-ng/rural-attractiveness-cz/

The testing group will guarantee communication with stakeholders, including providing feedback for developers and data experts and initial development of business models.. 

The results will be presented on cases focused on the Polirural project (NUTS 3 regions in Europe), Czech municipalities, African countries and other areas.

***The registration for this challenge opens on 1st April***
Registration link will be available at https://www.plan4all.eu/open-spring-inspire-hackathon-2021/

The mentors for this challenge are:

OTAKAR CERBA Assoc. prof. Otakar Čerba, PhD works at the Department of Geomatics (Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Plzeň, Czech Republic) and cooperates with Plan4all. He is focused on cartographic visualization of spatial data, Linked Data on the geographic domain and semantic issues of geographic data. He has been involved in many international projects such as Polivisu, Humboldt, SDI4Apps, SmartOpenData, Plan4all or ROSIE. Otakar Čerba is the member of the board of Czech Association of GeoInformation and the chair of the Commission on Maps and the Internet of International Cartographic Association

KAREL CHARVAT graduated in theoretical cybernetics. He is a member of International Society for Precision Agriculture, Research Data Alliance, vice chair of Club of Ossiach, CAGI, and CSITA. He was in period 2005 – 2007 President of European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture Food and Environment (EFITA). Now is chair of OGC Agriculture DWG. He was organiser on many hackathons, where as most important were series of INSPIRE Hacks and MEDHackathon. He work on implementation on national INSPIRE Geoportal. Now he is also active in Plan4all association. He has long time experience in ICT for Environment, transport, Agriculture and Precision Farming. Now he is one from promoters of Open and Big Data in Agriculture in Europe. Participation in projects: Wirelessinfo, Premathmod, EMIRES, REGEO, RuralWins, Armonia, aBard, EPRI Start, Ami@netfood, AMI4For, Voice, Naturnet Redime, Mobildat, SpravaDat, Navlog, c@r, Humboldt, WINSOC, Plan4all, Habitats, Plan4business, SmartOpenData, FOODIE, SDI4Apps, AgriXchange, FOODIE, SDI4Apps, OTN, DataBio, EO4AGRO, EUXDAT, SmartAgriHub, SKIN and other projects.