Current tools on Good Governance
The development and promotion of new innovative capacity-building tools is among the Centre’s priorities. These tools take inspiration from the best of European practice and enable the reinforcement and evaluation of local authorities’ capacities in a variety of areas. The tools are regularly revised and updated.
All interested bodies are encouraged to use the tools, provided that the copyright is respected, qualified and certified by the Centre experts are used, and the Centre is informed. The Centre can provide assistance in the tools’ adaptation, implementation and training of national experts.
How to improve citizen participation in public life at local level? The CLEAR tool is designed to help local authorities in their endeavour by providing a self-assessment instrument that helps develop policy responses which are best suited to particular situations. The tool makes use of the academic insights gained in the field of participation.
The objective of this toolkit is to contextualise the role of civil participation for efficient and effective local governance, as defined by Council of Europe standards and frameworks. It provides support to local authorities in understanding their current community context and the potential of engagement of each stakeholder in the decision-making process, as well as in choosing strategies and actions for different levels of involvement in and different stages of the decision-making process.
Download Civil Participation in Decision-Making operational toolkit (This tool is intended as a companion to local policy- makers to identify the local stakeholders to be engaged in a participatory processes to foster citizens’ engagement in local decision-making processes. It is based on three steps which allow to automatically generate the stakeholder mapping in the Excel document.)
The European Label of Governance’ Excellence is awarded to local authorities having achieved a high overall level of good governance measured against 12 Principles of Good Governance at Local Level and the relevant benchmark.
The project aims to support the on-going process of local government to promote ethical behaviour by locally elected representatives in the EU regions, and to support the improvement and human resources managements of local administrations, based on European standards and benchmarking processes. It aims to develop an eTool on Good Governance at local level, based on the Council of Europe work onthis field, in particular the 12 European Principles on Good Democratic Governance and the European label on Governance Excellence.
Human Resources and Leadership
The Committee of Ministers, in its Recommendation (2007)12 on capacity building at local and regional level, recognises “that the capacity of local government hinges essentially on the skills of elected representatives, the corporate management capacity of the organisation, the workforce capacity and financial and project management skills”, as well as “the importance of developing this capacity further.” The TNA toolkit sets out the four steps in training needs analysis and offers guidance in developing national training strategies for local governments.
Modern and effective human resource management is at the heart of good governance at local level. The HRM toolkit is developed, adapted and refined through intergovernmental exchange, experience, field observation and practice. Promoting modern HRM practice will contribute to an efficient and accountable public administration for the benefit of citizens thus making local governments more effective.
The Toolkit contributes to the enhancement of Human Resources Management by providing concrete tools and procedures to be implemented within the Monitoring and Evaluation of the training programmes delivered to public employees.
Institutional Capacity and Quality Public Services
Performance management processes are used to drive up the standard of public services. The PMP toolkit complements the Strategic Municipal Planning toolkit and can help ensure successful deliver of the community strategy and improved services to citizens. This Toolkit includes concrete examples, a comprehensive methodology and a self-assessment tool.
Community planning sets out the vision and ambitions of the Municipality for the medium-term. In preparing a Strategic Municipal plan, a local authority needs to establish what local stakeholders want, what is achievable within the allocated resources and define a future vision. This toolkit provides guidance for preparing such a plan based on a five step plan.
The BPP toolkit provides municipalities with ideas and guidance to promote successful, transparent, adequate, replicable and sustainable practice. It focuses on ways in which best practice can be successfully shared with other municipalities. The result is an enhanced reputation of municipalities as leaders in projects and quality service delivery.
A national association of local authorities can: represent the interests of local government, work with central authorities and build the capacities of local authorities. The LGA toolkit offers the means to analyse and transform the performance of LGAs, developing a strategic plan and improving the functioning and organisation.
Democracy depends fundamentally on public trust. This toolkit helps committed authorities to build ethical infrastructure in public administration, assess corruption risks, and improve public ethics standards through a European Scorecard that can be adapted to local circumstances as a national benchmark.
Good financial management procedures promoting accountability of financial decisions and allowing for local budgetary flexibility are important. The LFB toolkit supports evidence-based decision making by local officials helping them make best use of available resources.
Country level benchmarking of local financial resources and financial management. The LFB toolkit is an analytical instrument for policy makers for developing accountable and efficient local finance system.
Territorial and Cross-Border Cooperation
Inter-municipal cooperation is inherent in a decentralised territorial administrative system and is defined as when two or more municipalities agree to work together on any of the tasks assigned to them in order to gain mutual benefits. This toolkit presents templates and frameworks to take municipalities through each step of the process to create, establish, implement and evaluate IMC.
Territorial reforms have become a major feature of public administration reform in recent decades in Europe. The aim of this document it is to provide tools to those who consider amalgamation reform a possible remedy to problems stemming from territorial fragmentation, as well as those who are involved in the process of amalgamation, or municipal/communal. It is to be used as a ‘toolkit’ from which data, examples and ‘lessons learned’ can be extracted for use by those concerned by and interested in the amalgamation processes.
Cross-border cooperation is a concerted process of building neighbourly relationships between the two sides of a border with a view to overcoming common problems and fostering harmonious development of neighbouring communities. The tool serves as a step-by-step guide on how to turn cross-border projects mapped out on paper into concrete realities.
City-to-City Cooperation is a form of decentralised cooperation (or diplomacy) offering cities a strategic tool to pursue specific interests. This new tool sets out practical solutions to support cooperation between municipalities by taking this cooperation to the next level – municipalities from different states can establish direct and successful cooperation on specific points of commonality, even though they are located in different states not sharing the same border.
Toolkit for practitioners in cross-border cooperation
The LAP for CBC is specifically designed to improve the leadership capacity of mayors and senior officials to promote cross-border cooperation and thus to overcome common problems and foster harmonious development of neighbouring communities.