Innovation and Development

The Espelia Workshops

Espelia's commitment to public service performance has always driven the firm to innovate. For Espelia, innovation is embodied on a daily basis through :

  • The constant modernisation of its profession, through the development of new types of activity, new methodologies and tools, etc.
  • The contribution to the modernisation of public services and regions where the firm operates, through the formulation of innovative solutions which sometimes represent a break with existing practices.

Espelia is convinced that innovation is born out of observation, discussion, reflection and experimentation and that it requires being open minded.

With this in mind, the firm has sought to catalyse its capacity for innovation by creating the Espelia Workshops. Among the subjects addressed during these Workshops are :

  • Contribution of new technologies to modernising the way cities function (smart city)
  • New production models for public services
  • New models for fundingand/or financing services
  • Appropriateness and limitations of transposing private sector methods of optimising production processes to the public sector
  • Modernisation of public contracts and public private partnerships
  • Mechanisms for remuneration and rewarding performance
  • Definition of public performance indicators for each type of public service
  • Functional and spatial decompartmentalising of public service delivery
  • Development of social tariff/fee scales
  • Optimal territorial scale for each type of public service
  • New models for decentralised cooperation, etc.

The many projects which Espelia carries out for local authorities enable it to anticipate future developments and to test new ideas on concrete projects with the agreement of public decision-makers.

The multi-faceted expertise of the firm enables it to analyse a solution in all its aspects in order to guarantee its relevance.

The innovative ideas developed by Espelia are submitted to the scrutiny of associations of elected officials and economic operators (companies, state-owned companies, professional federations, ministries, etc.). Espelia's independence reinforces its legitimacy when carrying out projects in the public interest and sharing its experience with others.

All of the data gathered during projects are fed into Espelia's databases and provide a unique insight into the technical, economic and financial performance of public services.

This day-to-day work endows Espelia with the capacity to contribute to the work of regulators in the  sectors in which the firm operates.


Relationships with schools and universities

Espelia maintains a close relationship with a significant number of prestigious colleges and universities.

The Espelia's University

Espelia has developed its own in-house educational course: Espelia’s University.

Consisting of over 20 sessions a year, this course for staff members is one of Espelia's priorities as a means of encouraging personal and professional development through collectively raising skill levels.

The Espelia’s University has one key ambition: to enrich our skills by promoting knowledge sharing and by reinforcing the team's multiple areas of expertise.

Some sessions are opened up every year to public decision-makers. You can express your interest in participating here.
 

 

Themes of the last workshops

  • Contribution of new technologies to the modernization of the urban operation (smart city)
  • New production models of services of general interest
  • New services funding models
  • Relevance and limits of the transposition of the public sector methods of optimization of production processes in the private sector
  • Modernization of public contracts
  • Mechanisms for compensation and performance incentives
  • Indicators and observatories of public performance
  • Decompartmentalisation functional and spatial implementation of public services
  • Social tariffs Development
  • Optimal territorial scale for each type of public service
  • New decentralized cooperation models, etc ...