ACTIVITY 12.2: Share results and lessons learned


By Tom Wood / Updated: 28 Nov 2019


All cities have strengths and weaknesses and can learn from others and teach others in different areas and aspects of the SUMP process. Sharing your knowledge and experience first of all helps cities across Europe to move forward and improve together. Secondly, it gives you the opportunity to reflect on your experience and to learn from the others. What you choose to share is also important. People are generally happy to share their successes, but most prefer not to talk publicly about their failures. While this is understandable, some of the best lessons can be learnt from what did not go as planned (either in a positive or negative way).



  • Find opportunities to share your lessons learnt with other cities in your country, region or language area (and beyond, if possible).

  • Find opportunities to learn from the experience of others in your country, region or language area (and beyond, if possible). This could be on the SUMP content, process or measures.

  • Be willing to share less positive experiences openly as well as - importantly - what you learned from them and how you would do things differently the next time.



  • Reflect on and document your ‘lessons learnt’.

  • Share the results of your analysis of successes and failures so that other cities can learn from your experience.

  • Reach out to other cities in your country or region that you already have links to and invite them to share and exchange. This could be in the form of a simple ½-day workshopinfo-icon with actors from one or two other cities invited to share, exchange and reflect together.


Activities beyond essential requirements


Timing and coordination

  • Begin to share your ‘lessons learnt’ after you have had time to reflect on - and understand - your successes and failures.



✔ Lessons learnt documented and made available to others.

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GOOD PRACTICE EXAMPLE: Ginosa, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Kilkis

Exchanging knowledge in a European learning programme for cities


The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up SUMP Learning Programme 3 allowed small- and medium-sized cities to share knowledge and experiences through various activities. As a result of exchanges, Rivas-Vaciamadrid learned about the steps to select, prioritise, and describe measures and followed these to reorganise its public transport system. The SUMP working group in Kilkis referred to insights about stakeholder engagement, measure selection, monitoring, and evaluation to develop an effective implementation methodology. Ginosa plans to establish a SUMP working group, which would embed learning from the programme into the city’s long-term strategies and thereby help foster a more sustainable Ginosa.


Author: Jorge Romea Rodriguez, Rivas Vaciamadrid, Loredana D. Modugno, Ginosa Municipality, Eleftheria Spanou, Kilkis Municipality, collected by ICLEI