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Transition towards a Sustainable and Low Carbon Society
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Which is the impact of an economic action or a research activity? Which are the returns in terms of social or economic benefits that such processes can produce?
To reply to these questions, Impact Assessment is becoming a major asset for companies’ processes as well as for research activities. According to the definition provided by the International Association for Impact Assessment, “Impact Assessment (IA) simply defined is the process of identifying the future consequences of a current or proposed action. The “impact” is the difference between what would happen with the action and what would happen without it”.
According to the T6 framework, the implementation of the impact assessment is twofold. From one hand, IA is implemented by T6 for project management’s aims for private and public subjects that want to improve their routines and foster their impact; from the other hand, T6 develops IA strategies to support research scopes creating ad-hoc methodologies to analyse the impact of innovations and research results.
Regarding the use for project management, IA provides an on-going evaluation and self-evaluation framework allowing clarifying and fine-tuning work flows and expected outputs, identifying relevant actors for each action and preventing risks. The aim is to provide a self-assessment process ensuring the monitoring and the common understanding of the expected results between all the actors engaged in the process. The common understanding is reached through regular updating to the consortiums, offering a useful tool towards the maximization of those impacts while ensuring the social, economic and environmental sustainability and, when appropriate, to enable the full valorisation of the project market potential. To summarize, the final goal of the assessment activities is to monitor the project life cycle and assess its expected impacts to reach successful results.
Regarding the application of IA in research activities, T6 has a longstanding experience acquired in the last years through the development of advanced qualitative (ethnography, in- depth interviews, focus groups, Delphi, etc.) and quantitative (longitudinal survey, multivariate analysis, social network analysis, etc.) methodologies to analyse the impact of innovations and research results. The impact assessment approach developed by T6 makes use of the impact value chain approach analysing project inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts, and it supports the identification of the value proposition of the project, its expected impacts and eventual obstacles to the full achievement of them.
The T6’s methodology, though a highly participatory approach, maps, describes, quantifies and orients the socio-economic impacts generated by a given research projects. Analysing the economic, social, political and environmental impact of European research projects it is possible to have a strong personalisation of assessment tool and a deep analysis of the state of the art as well as valuable inputs for the development of a comprehensive dissemination and exploitation strategy for the project’s results.
For this reason, the T6 methodology can be easily adapted to the impact assessment of new technological solutions and scientific results and has been successfully tested in international projects funded within the European Commission framework Programs and H2020 (e.g. SEQUOIA, ERINA+, IA4SI, TASCMAR, SecInCoRe).
New business models and the increasing relevance of the so-called “intangible goods” require new solutions. T6 provides Programme and Project Management services conceived as a new approach, aiming to support the “knowledge society and knowledge economy”.
Programme and Project Management services are based on the long lasting experience gained at international level by T6, integrating traditional project management tools and methodologies with innovation and new technologies, providing unique and flexible solutions, adaptable to a variety of contexts.
T6 services focuses not only on results, but also on inter-individual and intercultural human processes, for which T6 provides facilitation and conflict management services.
T6 provides Project Management services covering the overall Project Management cycle:
- Fundraising: analysis and synthesis of local and global policies, and funding streams, identifying the best opportunities for the development of your ideas;
- Proposal Writing: we transform your ideas into projects, eligible for funding and able to meet the expected goals
- Project Coordination: management of communication and engagement processes among researchers and professionals from different cultures and languages through specific governance models and advanced project management technologies
- Financial Coordination: monitoring project financial aspects to assure the correct use of resources, guarantee the respect of a planned budget and the prevention of financial irregularities
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Identification and implementation of quality/performance indicators for customized solutions, including the application of quantitative and qualitative methodologies
- Risk Management: Detection, analysis, monitoring and removal of risks connected to processes, in order to reduce losses and enhance effectiveness
T6 also provides Programme Management services, assuring the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to meet the requirements of multiple work-streams or a portfolio of projects, which need to meet or exceed business goals.
Visibility and communication are key for the uptake and exploitation of project results!
Who is your target audience? Which are the appropriate channels to reach them? How do you balance academic communication and dissemination to the general public?
With many years of experience in managing and assessing European research projects, T6 has developed the necessary expertise to manage the complexity of projects that often bring together scientists, policy makers, businesses, citizens, producing a mix of research results and on-the-field activities.
In particular, T6 can provide:
- An analysis of the project target audiences, identifying the specific dissemination aim for each;
- An overview of the most relevant communication and dissemination channels available, including offline materials and online communication activities;
- A dissemination strategy combining targets and channels, developed according to project priorities over time;
- The project key messages, key words, its distinctive identity brand and an engaging graphic design;
- An effective website to present activities and results at best;
- If required by the project, interactive platforms, developed in a co-design process, connecting a dedicated community;
- Support to partners’ press offices and valorisation of the project media activities;
- Coordination of national and international events related to the dissemination of the project activities and results.
The progress of the dissemination strategy will be monitored according to Key Performance Indicators defined in agreement with the relevant stakeholders at the beginning of the project.
Within its Policy Hub, T6 develops ad hoc strategies to promote and foster policy analyses for main areas of expertise. Analyses are conducted combining research-based methods with stakeholder engagement. The aim is to structure a collaborative and experimental way to influence innovative policy-making at a regional, national and European level.
T6 supports the idea that an applied social research approach is crucial to understand the society having an impact on the correct and fair implementation of public policies. To do that, T6 has created a internal structure: the Policy Hub. Thisis aimed at developing and applying a flexible framework called “Policy Dialogue” in which desk research, stakeholder engagement and public consultations are integrated in a unique flow to derive evidence-based analysis addressed to policy makers.
The Policy Dialogue is mainly divided in three steps. In the first step, T6 takes care of data gathering using quali-quantitative methodologies to identify the state of the art of the field and understand in deep the problem. In the second step, T6 structures a participatory process through the engagement of relevant stakeholders.
T6 acts as facilitator and connector of different stakeholders and needs guiding them in the discussion of possible scenarios and in the identification of common solutions. Finally, T6 produces reports addressed to policy makers and major stakeholders to influence on-going and future policy making process. The reports are published following an Open Science approach being the reports accessible and available on the T6 website.
As well as the above T6 guides design thinking to deliver insights and foresight through a structured but flexible process. The framework is applicable to different fields and areas of work, as well as to different scales, from regional and national context up to European scale.
To investigate, engage and find solutions for better policies, the team workonh in the T6 Policy Hub uses several tools and methods, these include:
- Stakeholder mapping;
- Data collection through: desk research, literature review, surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and participatoryobservation;
- Qualitative analysis;
- Quantitative analysis;
- Future and scenario analysis;
- Stakeholder consultations (e.g Multi-Stakeholder forums, roundtables, on-line discussions).