The KITCASP project explores the use of territorial data in developing and monitoring national spatial strategies and other territorial development policies in Scotland, Ireland, Latvia, Iceland and the Basque Country, Spain. It examines the extent to which ESPON data has informed the strategies examined and develop guidelines on the use of indicators and ESPON data in territorial policy development at the national level.
A particular emphasis is placed on identifying a core set of key indicators for territorial cohesion, economic competitiveness and sustainable development to inform spatial planning at the national level, drawing on ESPON research and datasets available in the partner countries. The project will also consider how the capacity for spatial analysis can be strengthened and harmonised at the national level, how national analytical experience and expertise can help to inform and take forward the EU Territorial Agenda, and the implications for future ESPON research.
Under the themes listed below the Irish project partners have developed a number of indicator toolkits for both individual partners and all KITCASP partners. The toolkits are a mixture of interactive dashboards with time series data at NUTS III level and more local level mapping tools where possible.
Details on the project (including Final Report) are available here.