An evaluation and monitoring framework for transboundary collaboration in MSP was developed in the previous Baltic SCOPE project. Feedback from the spatial planners indicates that, in addition to a general framework there is a need for guidance on evaluating national MSP.
In Pan Baltic Scope evaluation of MSP in Poland and Latvia will be planned. The work will be done in close collaboration with the respective MSP authorities. The Baltic SCOPE experience showed that countries not only have different timings in implementing their MSP, they also have slightly different objectives for MSP and organize their MSP processes in different ways. This applies also to Poland and Latvia. As the MSP is not identical in these countries, it is also important to tailor the evaluation plans to fit the needs of these countries.
Even though the evaluation guidance is tailored to the needs of the selected countries, this activity facilitates exchange and collaboration between all Pan Baltic Scope countries. It is important for identifying common elements and key differences for evaluation as well as in terms of mutual capacity building in evaluating MSP.