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Pilot testing in Tracopi


The Tracopi test course in Slovakia was organized by National Forest Centre with assistance of Rural Parliament in Slovakia, and Mendel University in Brno. The test course took place on March 21, 2012 in Zvolen. 25 participants took part at the test course.

Michal Vančo introduced the Tracopi project, its objectives, and importance of collaborative planning methods for local development strategy planning.

Milan Sarvaš, director of National Forest Centre – Institute for Forest Consulting and Education Zvolen, briefly summarized support mechanisms and funding opportunities for rural development in next programming period 2014 – 2020.

Mária Behanovská, chairman of Rural Parliament in Slovakia targeted her presentation at LEADER in broader – as an approach to active collaboration in the field of rural development at local level. She briefly informed about LEADER implementation during previous programming periods in Slovakia and gave ideas for its implementation in next programming period. She summarized main minuses as well as positive examples and highlighted importance of active involvement of youth.

During discussion the participants presented their opinions and experiences with local programmes.

The main part of the test course was dedicated to collaborative planning methods for programmes at local level.

Alena Salašová from Mendel University in Brno introduced collaborative planning to the participants, presented its essentials, collaboration levels and ways of public involvement. She presented real-life scenarios of public involvement in programme planning as well as implementation of planned activities. Furthermore, she presented various collaborative planning methods used in particular phases of a planning process.

Markéta Flékalová presented content of Copack website as a didactical tool for teaching of collaborative planning (available at http://copack.oamk.fi ).


Following a presentation of collaborative planning methods and procedures, a practical demonstration and training of 3–6–5 Brainwriting method was conducted. Planning a set of measures for rural development and improving quality of life in rural areas in general were chosen as a case scenario to exercise 3–6–5 Brainwriting because the participants came from various parts of whole Slovakia (not only from one region with particular development needs).

At the end of the test course, the participants were requested to fill the evaluation questionnaire.