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Baseline Review
First element of the management cycle. Assessment of the local situation based on a large data collection and described with the help of indicators. Basis for the setting of priorities, elaboration of the strategic programme and action plan. Basis against which to compare changes over time.

A city-region is a type of functional region that has a certain core (a central city) and a surrounding part (countryside, smaller municipalities). A city-region can consist of different administrative units but it functions as a single unit as it shares resources such as the labour market, the transport network, and has a common region centre.

Coordination team
Coordination team takes care of the coordination and operationalization of tasks and act as the initiator of the whole process.

Cross-sectoral working group
It consists of local and regional authority members and politicians from all of the municipalities concerned. Participants of the working group should bring a certain level of expertise relevant to the region in focus and to the topic to be discussed, e.g. includes representatives responsible for planning, mobility, culture, and social issues.

Integrated Management System (IMS)
Integrated Management System is a management model that could be applied to regional planning. It is a useful tool facilitating the integration of the decision making and planning processes of neighbouring municipalities. The various steps of the model enable to create common visions and goals with different stakeholders.

Monitoring is an ongoing process that helps decision-makers to better understand the effectiveness of the action or process. An effective monitoring process provides ongoing, systematic information and that helps to strengthen implementation. It requires collecting and analyzing data on periodic basis throughout the management cycle.

Organisational set-up
The organisational set-up always depends on the local or regional context as well as on the geographical and thematic scope of the process. An optimal organisational set-up consists of the following groups involving a number of relevant stakeholders, i.e., coordination team, cross-sectoral working group, and local stakeholders.

Quality of life
Quality of life is a multi-dimensional concept. It is not just a matter of prosperity and high standards of living but is also focused on enabling people to attain their life goals while providing them with the ability to choose their ideal life style.

Peer visit
Representatives from the region in focus visit each other for reviewing experiences in implementing integrated management system.

Pilot Action
During the NEW BRIDGES project the partner city-regions conducted Pilot Actions, local initiatives aimed to improve the quality of life in the city-region through integrated management of urban rural interaction.

A person or organisation with an interest because they will be affected by a planned activity or may have some influence.

Stakeholder analysis
It is performed to gain understanding who are affected by the planned activities and therefore who should be involved in any participation process. Useful first step in most participation processes.