Work package 2: Impact analysis of community-based initiatives, including carbon reduction assessment

Research message

Community-based initiatives make a crucial contribution as innovators. Although many thousands of such initiatives are successfully managed across Europe, their economic, social, cultural and technological impacts, and their contribution to carbon reduction are difficult to assess and rarely quantified. Tools for doing so are embryonic. Monitoring and evaluation of community-based initiatives will give their co-ordinators a powerful management and communication tool. In this work package, we are developing a broad multi-criteria assessment tool and a comparable carbon accounting methodology for community co-ordinators.

Main aims

The main aims of this research is to develop tools that allow stakeholders, decision-makers and especially initiative co-ordinators to find the best strategies to enhance their broad impact (economic, social, cultural and technological) and to reduce CO2 emissions. Comparable assessment of initiatives across Europe will be a basis for future policy making. 

Main outputs

One of the main outputs will be a scoreboard that gives an overview of the carbon, resources and ecosystem impacts of initiatives. This supports initiatives to improve their networking and to find out more about their individual performances.

Practical use

The developed toolkits will support decision-makers, planners and NGOs to take decisions while planning new action for community based initiatives. Most importantly, initiatives themselves can learn how to improve their performance. By giving concrete numbers on CO2 savings, it will be easier for initiatives to demonstrate their impact to the public and to potential funders.