POLICY TRANSFER PLATFORM: access case studies from cities around the world in less than 10 seconds!

Posted by Camille Toggenburger, Policy Transfer Platform July 31 2017 0 Perspectives

The Policy Transfer Platform is a tool created by the City of Berlin and supported by Metropolis and other partners to showcase innovative projects taking place in cities across the world.

With your help, the platform aims to build a global resource for urban practitioners and researchers who can learn from examples in other cities to improve their own city. Through partnerships with the world’s leading urban awards and knowledge platforms, the Policy Tranfer Platform provides a one-stop shop for internationally recognized best practices.

On the platform, users will find information to develop local solutions in line with SDGs. Case studies provide a short overview on a project or policy, including lessons learned, and the opportunity to assess the transferability potential for their own city. Registered users can connect with peers in their field and benefit from experiences in implementing innovative and sustainable solutions elsewhere. In turn, as a registered user you can provide visibility to your own projects and policies by submitting case studies from your city and acting as a contact person for other interested users.

Key facts about the Policy Transfer Platform:

  • A joint initiative run by the City of Berlin in collaboration with Metropolis and supported by a large network of partners (including UCLG)
  • Launched in Autumn 2014
  • The only platform that works with multiple city awards and knowledge partners to provide a single access point for your search of high-quality case studies from cities in a comparable standard format
  • Used by urban experts, researchers, practitioners and municipal staff and partners to promote, connect and save time researching on a daily basis
  • Monthly visitors from 150 countries use the Policy Transfer Platform as a trusted source of reference.
  • More than  200 in-depth case studies showcasing projects and policies from  133 cities
  • …of which 90 projects on the platform have won or been shortlisted by an international city award
  • Connect with 160 experts who already act as local contacts for case studies in cities
  • The Policty Transfer platform  team works with ten global partners and urban innovation awards who help  to spread the word about innovation in cities


The Policy Transfer Platform  contributes to the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

In addition to its direct contribution to the implementation of SDG’s, the Policy Transfer Platform aims to provide cities with an instrument to leverage their strengths, experience and local resources in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


About the Policy Transfer initiative:

The Policy Transfer Platform is part of Berlin’s Metropolis Initiative on “Successful Policy Transfer” (2015– 2017). The governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, is Co-President of Metropolis and the city is also the network's Regional Secretariat for Europe.


Initiative chair:

Barbara Berninger, Regional Secretary Europe, Metropolis;

Chair of the Berlin Initiative on Policy Transfer; and Head of Division for EU and International Affairs, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection.


Visit us at policytransfer.metropolis.org

Do you have feedback? Contact us at policytransfer@metropolis.org

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