BALTSPACE developed an analytical framework to explore and address various integration challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
At the start of the project, academic and non-academic literature was used to identify the specific conditions which influence integration at various levels. For example, what are known obstacles to effective stakeholder integration? What can spatial planning theory contribute to facilitating territorial integration? What factors have been identified in other projects that enable successful policy integration?
Following this, the draft analytical framework was refined based on empirical findings from the case studies, as well as input from MSP practitioners, sector representatives and other scientists participating in the MSP Dialogue Forum.
Once it had been finalised, the analytical framework was further developed to help guide MSP evaluation and monitoring in the BSR from the specific perspective of integration. The final product is an hands-on evaluation tool, available to policy makers and practitioners.