The Competence Centre for Planning, Policy and Foresight in Public Administration – PlanAPP and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (FEUC) signed a protocol in Coimbra on Tuesday, formalising the institutional relationship between the two bodies to promote the development of analysis instruments and planning models, stimulate applied research and advanced training in public policies and implement various forms of capacity-building in Public Administration.
This partnership contributes to “strengthening, deepening and galvanising this form of collaboration between universities and research centres, and central public administration”, as stated by the director of PlanAPP, Paulo Areosa Feio.
Álvaro Garrido of the Faculty of Economics at Coimbra University, also stated that “it is very important to empower public administration and strengthen the links between both central and local areas of public administration and universities”.
This protocol will allow the establishment of a three-way partnership for the development of a model of analysis for regional economies and the impact of public and private investment on the economic development of each region in particular and of the country as a whole. The methodology, based on an input-output model at regional level, makes it possible to identify the spillover effects of investment in each region.
The project includes the development of software for simulating the regional impact of economic influences (e.g., public or private investment, structural and sectoral changes), which PlanAPP will make available to other Public Administration bodies, providing appropriate training for its use.
President of the Centre for Business and Economics Research (CeBER), Luís Dias, was also present at the ceremony and highlighted the relevance of this collaboration because it “uses the real world as the best laboratory for research”.
This is the first of many partnerships that PlanAPP aims to develop with academic institutions, a responsibility “assumed with full commitment, because what we are doing today is part of our requirement to implement and strengthen the relationship with knowledge centres – producers of knowledge – as an integral part of the process of strengthening Public Administration, particularly its services with responsibility for monitoring, analysis, study and proposal of public policies,” concluded Paulo Areosa Feio.