TROPICO Online Event 2021
Digital era collaboration

15th & 16th Nov 2021

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The 2021 TROPICO Online Event celebrates the achievements of the project and offers the possibility to share insights stemming from 4,5 years of research, reflect on the TROPICO findings and provide an arena for joint discussion.  

The event will cover a range of topics connected to the TROPICO research and its implications for improving collaboration in the digital era. How to make digitalisation work? How to involve citizens in policy design processes? How to assess the legitimacy and efficiency of collaborations? The contents of the sessions will be selected to be of interest for our diverse audience, including practitioners (policy-makers, civil servants, public managers), actors from the private sector and the civil society, and citizens. We will also explore the impact of the project in terms of research, presenting our main findings and identifying steps towards a research agenda, which will be relevant for academics and the scientific community. 

The event will be held online and consist of five independent one-hour sessions. The sessions will be designed to engage participants and foster interaction between the speakers, the TROPICO researchers, and the audience. They will include a debate, an interactive workshop, roundtables, open discussions and experience-sharing, short research presentations, as well as offer social interaction and a lively, professionally moderated setting.  

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TROPICO Online Event 2021

Day 1 - 15th November

10:30-11:30 (CET)

Central or decentralised organisation – how to make digitalisation work? 

Over the last decades, digital technologies have become an integral part of our lives, and the pace of digitalisation processes is not slowing down. Quite the opposite, with every year digitalisation accelerates even more and its impact on different spheres of our lives increases.

Despite being widely discussed, this phenomenon brings numerous technological, ethical and organisational challenges that still need to be explored.

This session of the TROPICO Final Event will focus on contrasting approaches towards organising digitalisation by governments:

  • Centralised (coordinated by one assigned actor, e.g., ministry or agency), and
  • Decentralised (where different governmental units in charge of different digitalisation-related processes).

In a debate with prominent government practitioners from 3 different countries, we will explore the pros and cons for both approaches, the role of collaboration in digitalisation, challenges and solutions related to this process, and the factors that can make digitalisation projects succeed (or fail).

 

14:00-15:00 (CET)

Policy design session

Day 2 - 16th November

10:00-11:00 (CET)

Session on the private sector involvement

 

11:00-12:00 (CET)

Assessing collaboration

 

14:00-15:00 (CET)

State of the art and steps towards a research agenda

A better understanding of the drivers, barriers, and effects of collaboration in the digital era may enhance collaboration in policy design and service delivery, thereby impacting efficiency, but also advance the participation of public, private, and societal actors, thereby impacting legitimacy and accountability.

After four and a half years of research carried out by an international team of more than forty researchers across ten countries, how has TROPICO contributed to this understanding, and to the academic debate on collaboration and digitalisation?

This session will explore the impact of the project in terms of research. After an introduction addressing the challenges and opportunities arising from the European dimension of the project, the session will comprise three parts covering the lifespan of the project, presenting the research that was carried out, reflecting on the main take-away message now emerging from the project as a whole, and finally working towards a future research agenda. In that way, it will shift perspective, starting at the level of the individual researchers, moving on to the level of the TROPICO consortium, and ending at the level of the cluster of European research projects in the same call.

After the session, the online conference room will remain open for participants who wish to continue the discussion, network, and socialise.

 

Day 1 - 15th November

10:30-11:30 (CET): Central or decentralised organisation – how to make digitalisation work? 

14:00-15:00 (CET): Policy design session

Day 2 - 16th November

10:00-11:00 (CET): Session on the private sector involvement

11:00-12:00 (CET): Assessing collaboration

14:00-15:00 (CET): State of the art and steps towards a research agenda

TROPICO Online Event 2021: Programme

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