Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • Tools and Maps

    Video Tools "Introduction"




    Tool development within ESPON 2013 is targeted to the use of policy makers and practitioners at all administrative levels (including cross-border and transnational groupings) and will enable the use of information and data by these particular groups of stakeholders. The ESPON tools contribute to the consolidation of a European research field on territorial development and cohesion.

    How these tools link to the project groups and the policy makers is visualised in the figure below. The green arrows in this figure show the use for the policy makers and the blue arrows show the flows from the ESPON projects (the Final Reports or the data resulting from the projects) to the tools and vice versa.

    Guidance Sheet ESPON Toolbox





















    DataBase Portal

    The DataBase provides access to regional, local, urban, neighbourhood (candidate countries), world, grid and historical data. The data is mainly provided by ESPON projects and EUROSTAT. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    BSR-TeMo: Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

    The Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System is an interactive system granting access to a set of territorial indicators highlighting the performance of regions within the Baltic Sea Region, and compared it to the EU as a whole. This set of indicators should be able to measure the progress in achieving territorial cohesion in the Baltic Sea Region. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    CityBench: Urban Benchmarking

    The CityBench is an innovative and user-friendly tool for a first benchmarking of European cities, aimed at giving a first indication on suitable locations for urban investments based on various themes such as demography, economy, quality of life or investment climate, comparing cities and city regions based on pan-European territorial evidence produced by ESPON. LINK

    Guidance Sheet


    The ETMS provides statistical information and practical evidence on territorial trends, dynamics, patterns and structural changes related to Europe’s main territorial policies and objectives. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    Data Navigator

    The Data Navigator offers access to relevant regional statistical data sources, main statistical series and databases provided by National Statistical Offices. An advanced search tool allows tracking directly available data sources by country, theme and territorial scale. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    Functional Indicators Tool

    The Functional Indicator Tool is a practical and user-friendly application for producing and displaying innovative indicators related to the effects of transportation networks on accessibility and the territorial development. LINK

    Guidance Sheet


    The HyperAtlas is an analytical tool based on the multi-scalar territorial analysis concept. With the HA a local decision maker can compare and analyse its region’s relative position at European, national and local scale for a whole set of criteria. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    Mapping Guide

    The Mapping Guide Tool provides guidance on mapping statistical data correctly and delivering the right message. The MG looks into the mapping method, aggregation level, level of statistical areas, type of data and the graphic variables to be used. LINK

    Online MapFinder

    This tool provides access to the most relevant ESPON maps resulting from ESPON projects and reports. The maps are accompanied by an explanation and observations for policy makers. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    Online Mapping Tool

    The Online Mapping tool provides the possibility to build maps and diagrams using various regional levels. With the tool one can combine indicators, adjust maps, make time animations and print, export, share the maps. LINK

    Guidance Sheet

    Regional Typologies

    ESPON provides 9 regional typologies for additional analysis of project results to be considered in the European context. Guidance is given on how the project can filter their results in relation to the specific types of territories. LINK

    Territorial Impact Assesment Tool

    This is an interactive web application that can be used to support regional policy makers and practitioners with identifying, ex-ante, potential territorial impacts of new EU Legislations, Policies and Directives. LINK

    Guidance Sheet