Evaluation is an integral part of Research and Innovation Action (RIA) projects like CIVITAS SUNRISE. The CIVITAS evaluation framework includes two complementary aspects: impact evaluation and process evaluation. SUNRISE will add an additional layer to this framework by also assessing and evaluating the co-creation process.
On February 5-6th, the SUNRISE action neighbourhood partners and partners involved in evaluation met in project action neighbourhood Southend-on-Sea to discuss the project’s approach to evaluation. The CIVITAS SUNRISE project aims to make improvements to the mobility situations in specific neighbourhoods through a co-creation process involving residents and local stakeholders. The neighbourhoods have undertaken a co-indentification process to determine which issues in the neighbourhood to prioritise and are currently in the midst of identifying possible measures to implement as a way to address these issues. Once the measures are determined, the neighbourhoods will co-implement.
Evaluation is at the core of this project, both in assessing the effectiveness of the co-creation process, as well as in evaluating the process and success with which the measures are implemented. Once each neighbourhood has determined the measures to co-implement, they will also designate indicators to attach to the measures. To learn more about the SUNRISE project, visit the project website. If you are working for a city, consider getting closer to the project via thematic workshops by applying to be a take-up city by 14 February.