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METRONOME
Methodology for Evaluation of Project Impacts in the field of Transport

State of the Art - Background

The European Transport White Paper and its mid-term review introduce objectives relating to both sustainability and competitiveness of the European transport system. To be able to steer the European transport system into a sustainable as well as a competitive future, different actors within the transport system need different kinds of research knowledge as a basis for their duties, because sustainability and competitiveness objectives are considered and emphasised in different ways.

Much transport research knowledge on both sustainability and competitiveness of the transport system has been produced in recent Framework Programmes (FP). The knowledge production has been quite diverged, serving only one of those objectives at a time, and even being mode or theme specific, i.e. not considering both of them as equally important; there have also been duplications. Many problems also exist regarding the European transport research being fit-for-purpose from the point of view of policy support: the research results (tools and methods) are often difficult to use in practice, they do not constitute a coherent system, most of them are appropriate for implementation but do not reach civil servants and decision-makers, there is the need for a better market, and organisational and strategic understanding on policy options.

Objectives

The overall aim of the METRONOME project is to evaluate the contribution and effectiveness that previous transport research and transport-related development of new technologies can make to the user community and society at large from different perspectives. This information will be used to define intermediate performance targets for FP7 as well as for new research policy objectives. Contributing to these targets can be considered as the main objective of METRONOME. This will be accomplished by:

- developing a methodology to assess projects supported in FP5 and FP6 from the perspectives of:

a. strengthening industrial competitiveness

b. contributing to sustainable development

c. improving Community and public policies by disseminating the knowledge generated and engaging the target users;

- evaluating a sample of FP5 and FP6 projects with the developed methodology;

- producing recommendations regarding future transport research objectives based on the evaluation results;

- producing guidelines to the Commission for the further use and development of the methodology.

Description of Work

The work plan consists of five work packages (WP).

WP1 covers project management.

WP2 will provide an overall framework for screening and selecting FP5 and FP6 projects. It will clarify what types of projects are to be evaluated and what the generic criteria or principles are for their selection. The work in WP2 will be carried out in two parts: the first part at the beginning of the project and the second part at the end, after WP3, 4 and 5 have been completed. It will combine all the results and formulate the final end product as well as recommendations to advise the EC in defining future research. In addition, WP2 will include two workshops where knowledge will be gained from different stakeholders (EC, industry, operators, etc.) about their needs and preferences for the methodology.

WP3 will develop an evaluation methodology for FP5 and FP6 projects from the perspective of strengthening industrial competitiveness in European industry and apply it to the projects selected.

WP4 will develop an evaluation methodology for FP5 and FP6 projects from the perspective of contributing sustainable development and apply it to the projects selected in WP2.

WP5 will use the preliminary results of WP3 and 4 and continue the methodological development even further to evaluate how to improve Community and public policies with the research knowledge gained in FP5 and FP6 projects.

Expected Results

The main products will comprise the methodological report presenting the METRONOME methodology for project evaluation (Figure 1), the METRONOME impact model (Figure 2), and the first results on testing the model to a sample of FP5 and FP6 projects. The results will be used for the definition of intermediate performance targets for FP7 as well as for new research policy objectives.

Deliverables:

D1.1 Inception Report.

D3.1 Industrial competitiveness methodology development and application results.

D4.1 Sustainable development methodology development and application results.

D5.1 Methodology development on contribution to Community and public policies and application results.

DF METRONOME Final Report.

The three phases of the METRONOME evaluation methodology and their linkages
The three phases of the METRONOME evaluation methodology and their linkages

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