Outputs and Results

It is important to understand the implications of patterns of spread of Covid-19 and to monitor the situation so as to be well prepared for what may happen next. A collective approach across jurisdictions will enable sustainable, coherent and co-operative responses.

Societies have locked down in varying degrees. At the moment, it is only possible to judge the short-term success of different approaches. The lock down has serious repercussions for mental health and wellbeing, and the economy. There has been a response in terms of ehealth technology and from rural communities in ways that might be different from urban areas. For all these reasons, and because of uncertainty it is a time when national response is inadequate, and transnational working is essential.

This change in circumstance cuts across the programme vision. New approaches to public services and development of new concepts for provision may be required. Over the coming months, it is important to consider how Covid-19 has changed these aspirations, provided new challenges and in some instances created new opportunities. Gathering evidence across the NPA programme area will help to begin that process in a coherent and co-operative manner, across the six themes. The CoRe project will work in close association with thematic projects.

A series of webinars

A series of 8 monthly webinars will inform target groups of emerging findings.

A packaged output of new knowledge

Drawing together the summaries of theme projects in the PACKAGED OUTPUT OF NEW KNOWLEDGE will provide a structured description of the situation across the NPA area in early 2021.

Reporting will consider if COVID-19 and the associated lock down has had differing or unexpected impacts on existing challenges in the region: low population density, low accessibility in particular poor connectivity, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources and already high impact of climate change.

The CoRe project addresses specific objective 1.2 and will examine the impact COVID-19 has had on new approaches to providing and using public services that will meet future demands. This output will therefore include recommendations for future scenarios, to help future proofing, and will inform the programming process of the NPA 2021-2027. It seems likely that Covid-19 will have an impact beyond 2020 and therefore and therefore on future NPA projects and the new programme. At the moment, it is hard to speculate whether these impacts will be minor or significant, this depends on whether the predicted second wave of the virus happens, whether a vaccine is developed, whether the need to practice social distancing remains. In any case the PACKAGED OUTPUT OF NEW KNOWLEDGE will help to determine impact and response.