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Monthly Progress: No.6 February 2015

Core objective: OUTREACH

Indicator: Quantitative stakeholder outreach
Metrics: Website
Number of visits by type of stakeholders: total: 936

of which 76.05% from the project area (12.89% PT, 40.14% ES, 10.05% FR, 7.75% UK, 5.22% IE), 23.25% from other countries.
Number of exchanges on website forums:
Twitter
CORE TEAM: 902 tweets 261 followers
ES: 195 tweets 83 followers
FR: 3881 tweets 233 followers
IE: 119 tweets 76 followers
PT: 44 tweets 27 followers
UK 118 tweets 65 followers
Linkedin
Total members of the group: 31
New members of the group: 15
Metrics: Events
Number and type of stakeholders contacted/invited to project events: 125, including: European interregional networks, local authorities, regional authorities, regional development and innovation agencies, a national territorial observatory, a national oceanographic and hydrographical institute.
Number of events attended by focal points: 15
Metrics: Relationship-building
Number and type of stakeholder contacts:

ES ≈15 Type: Marine, maritime and coastal tourism public and private operators, local authorities, regional authorities, consulting companies operating in the field of maritime economy, European interregional associations.
FR ≈75 Type: National, regional or local maritime clusters, SMEs, national and local authorities, research bodies, media, banks, insurance companies.
IE ≈10 Type: Research Institutions, Marine SMEs, public research institutions, members of the ocean energy (wave and tidal) sector cluster.
PT ≈60 Type: Tourism industry associations/sector representatives, local, regional and national authorities, foundations, R&D centres, national organisations in charge of research activities and Horizon 2020, national business forum for maritime economy.
UK ≈10 Type: Not-for-profit marine sector organisation.
Metrics: Helpdesk
Number and type of stakeholder queries registered: 11
Metrics: Communication products
Number of brochures and videos disseminated: 1,350 (brochures disseminated from the beginning of the project http://atlanticstrategy.eu/en/library/brochure )
Type of stakeholders reached: 250 participants in the Atlantic Stakeholders event (Porto, PT); and French, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and British stakeholders.

Core objective: PRO-ACTIVE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Indicator: Stakeholder project support
Metrics:
Number of alerts concerning funding opportunities: 2

Core objective: SOUND AND EFFICIENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Indicator: Project overall project management
Metrics: Compliance of activities/outputs undertaken with the Inception report, work plan and timetable: the project is being implemented within schedule.
  • The focal points are attending not only local bat also national events, engaging with stakeholders, collecting queries, and preparing contributions to the 5 national events to be organised by them in France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom during the first half of 2015.
  • The project website and social media collaborative tools are constantly updated and enriched with content.
Metrics: Adherence of the Support Team activities to the project ‘history’ on Basecamp (to-do lists, milestones, events):

Core objective: POSITIVE REACTION AND RESPONSES PROVIDED TO CHANGES AND ISSUES

Indicator: Risk and change management
Metrics: Continuous listing/recording and analysis of risks and challenges identified:
Possible confusion in some stakeholders about the different roles of:

  • The Support Team’s “focal point service”: promotion of the Atlantic Action Plan, as well as technical support and proactive guidance for the generation of project ideas pursuing the objectives of the Atlantic Action Plan.
  • The Atlantic Strategy Group: strategic guidance and institutional support to the Atlantic Action Plan.
  • The national contact points in charge of other EU-funded programmes: provision of information and technical support for specific programmes (e.g. LIFE, Horizon2020, Interreg, regional/national operational programmes, etc.).
Metrics: Disappearance/control of risks resulting from mitigating actions undertaken:
Specific internal and external communication actions to clarify that the three agents above are all contributing to the same process, although with different roles.