LEGITIMULT assesses the impact of the measures taken by various international, national and subnational governments on multilevelinstitutions and intergovernmental relations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The project analyzes the effect of these measures ondemocratic governance, highlighting to what extent multilevel governance influences their impact on democracy, favoring a model oflegitimate crisis management. It assesses all measures taken by 31 European countries in relation to their impact on multilevel governancethrough the creation of a new dataset highlighting how these procedures link to multiple orders of governance – WHO and EU above thestates, and regional and local governments below the national level. The impact of these measures is analyzed through the lens of a varietyof dimensions that characterize functional democratic governance (Rule of Law and Democratic Participation; Human and MinorityRights; Trust; Economic Sustainability). LEGITIMULT qualifies the different trade-offs required within and across these dimensions inorder to effectively and quickly deal with a crisis such as Covid-19, while at the same time maintaining a level of democratic governanceand ensuring that any limitations to democratic standards are limited. These final trade-offs within and between the different dimensionsof democratic governance in crisis management are gathered in a set of policy recommendations, tailored to different recipients, anddeveloped through extensive consultation with stakeholder groups throughout the project. Citizens, policy makers and practitioners areinvolved in the experimental phase of the project, where interactive learning and practical tools are tested but also co-designed and co-refined with relevant stakeholders in a participatory way. Policy recommendations and practical tools merge into a toolkit for legitimatecrisis management, ready for use in possible future crises.