Local Economic Development Agencies (LEDAs) of the ILS LEDA network have achieved very important results on job creation, small business development, valorization of local products - mainly healthy food -, environmental safeguard, green economy, preservation of the cultural heritage, social inclusion, gender equality, fight against poverty, peacemaking, channeling national and international funds to the territories, and as an instrument for facilitating the elaboration and the implementation of local and national policies and plans.
The most interesting examples of industrial district were born in Italy in the '70s, especially in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, during a problematic period of the industrial development in the world, characterized by the crisis of the Fordist model and the beginning of the decentralized production.
Since now, they represented a succesful experience for italian economy.
The decentralization of functions from central government to local administrative levels is the basis for a sound policy to encourage the production of wealth and the active participation of people in the development of a country.
The paper illustrates a comprehensive method for realising a quanti-qualitative assessment of development agencies.
This method is currently used by ILS LEDA for providing the LEDAs of a “Quality Label”, measuring theirs strengths and weaknesses, and finally supplying personalized technical assistance. Nevertheless it could be generalised, once the main assessment parameters are adapted to each different circumstance.