Work package 4: Case study integration and policy recommendations

Research message

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. 

Main aims

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.

Main outcomes

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).

Main outputs

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. 

Practical use

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.