What is the Policy Learning Platform?

Video credit: Thank you to Umbria region, the Italian point of contact for Interreg Europe, for having produced this video.

The Policy Learning Platform is the second action of the Interreg Europe programme, established to boost EU-wide policy learning and capitalisation on practices from regional development policies. The platform is a space for continuous learning where the policymaking community in Europe can tap into the knowhow of experts and peers.

This one-pager outlines the main characteristics of the Platform.

As the community of like-minded stakeholders grows, so does the pool of good practices and expertise in the four Interreg Europe topics:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

Is the platform for me?

The platform is open to all policymakers in Europe. Certain target groups have been defined to better focus the resources and services:

  • Managing authorities of Structural Funds programmes
  • Regional and local authorities
  • Agencies, institutes, private non-profits

If you design or implement public policies in your region, you can register to the platform in a few easy clicks and become part of our community.

Read more about the platform and the proposed services in the dedicated brochure or scroll through below. You can also download the brochure in PDF version.


What do I get from joining the platform?

The platform offers a set of services that allow you to:

1. Access support and expertise

The platform’s aim is to help policymakers find solutions and improve their public policies by exchanging with experts and peers. Peer learning is a core component of this service. But community members can also contact the platform experts directly for advice on the best course of action for their specific needs. Support will also come in the form of online discussion hours and webinars. As the experts get to know the community members and their needs in more detail, the services will be adapted and tailored accordingly.

Access the helpdesk here.

Discover the expert helpdesk in a nutshell in this one-pager and share it with your colleagues!  

2. Share knowledge

The platform experts monitor policy trends and provide analyses on the four topics (see above). The platform experts regularly publish news articles and policy briefs as well as the results of their work with community members (peer reviews, benchmarking exercises, discussion hours, etc.).

Access the knowledge hub here.

This one-pager allows you to explore the knowledge hub in a nutshell. 

3. Be part of a community

The beneficiaries of the platform, its community members, are also the drivers that will generate real added value by creating a peer learning experience. We count on each community member to benefit from the platform services and contribute to the activities. Our experts are here to help!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media: @InterregEurope #policylearning

Join the community now.

Discover the benefits of the community in this one-pager and invite your colleagues to join!

+ Good practice database

Our special +1 service is the good practice database. Interregional cooperation has proven to be an efficient tool for identifying good practices. But how useful are the practices if only the project partners know about them ? The platform is here to make this knowledge accessible to everyone.

Good practices can be found all across Europe. What qualifies as a good practice for one region may be quite common in another one. The platform database will feature good practices that are well evidenced and validated by our experts.

Discover good practices or submit your own.

Explore the Good practice database in a nutshell in this one-pager and start submitting yours! 

What the community says

Nicolle Lambrechts, participant of the Peer Review is Gävlborg, Sweden, mentioned: ‘Learning shouldn’t end with the graduation. We live in a fast-changing world and it is vital for policy analysts to focus on continuous learning. And this is what the Policy Learning Platform offers: an incredible opportunity to stay up to speed with what happens around Europe.’

Luc Hulsman, participant of the workshop on better monitoring, evaluating and designing RIS3, mentioned: ‘For me it was a perfect combination of listening, learning, exchanging & networking.’

Mariona Miret, participant of the webinar on Creative Hubs, mentioned: ‘I believe this webinar is a really good asset for my training and I take the opportunity to highlight my wish to continue participating in the Policy Learning Platform activities/training.’ 

Access the policy learning services

Join us today to access our services and improve the performance of your regional development policies and programmes.

Register now

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