Work package 4: Case study integration and policy recommendations
Work package 4 will provide a systematic and policy-oriented comparative analysis of community-based initiatives across the different domains (food, energy, mobility, waste) and highlight their environmental, social, economic and technological impact in the different regions covered by the project.
Work package 4 aims to synthesize, compare and extract policy relevant information from the in-depth case studies, and links the research conducted in work packages 1, 2 and 3. Transferability and practicability of the project findings will be ensured by directly engaging the projects, initiatives, networks and stakeholders in a participatory analytical framework.
Work package 4 will provide a comparative analysis of initiatives based on their specific and aggregate impacts. A set of guidelines will also be provided to help policymakers support and prioritize areas that positively influence community transitions towards a sustainable, low-carbon society, across functional domains (energy, transport, food, waste etc).
The main outputs of work package 4 will be a “case studies integration report” including the main findings from the comparative analysis of initiatives and from the assessment of their aggregate impact, a report about “ multi-criteria analysis for carbon efficient projects” reporting the results of a multi-dimensional and participative assessment, a “policy report”, providing guidelines and recommendations to policymakers, specifying policy types and supportive institutions, and a “transition strategy policy brief” to synthesize the key lessons and findings.
WP4 offers to a variety of stakeholders’ instruments for evidence-based decision making, based on empirical data and analyses. By offering policymakers information and recommendations on types of bottom-up initiatives to foster and support, and how, WP4 outputs improve knowledge about diffusion and persistence of community-based initiatives and social innovations . They also give practical information on which initiatives to prioritize, what kind of external support they need, and how to evaluate them.