e-Frame European Framework for Measuring Progress

WP12 Dissemination and Communication

Participants: CBS, CFMR, OECD, NEF, UT
Starting time:January 2012
Objectives: The dissemination and communication work package aims at organizing phisical and virtual fora where different stakeholders interested in the measurement of progress will be able to meet and to discuss relevant issues. The WP is also intended to give substantive impetus to the project process, launch and enhance the European research network, and assess and disseminate outputs from the various WPs: stocktaking activities and outcomes of the workshops. The high profile of proposed initiatives are tailored to be of strong relevance and to attract the engagement of all stakeholders fostering visibility to project outputs. The aim of an early stage training is to evaluate how survey and official statistics elements can be included in master curriculae in order to facilitate building the right knowledge for indicator processes. A focus will be laid on beyond GDP indicators. As a prototype the Bamberg, Berlin, Trier long-distance learning master will be used. The activity shall show how in future the necessary infrastructure can be built to improve knowledge in evidence-based statistics focused on the different topics related to the measurement of progress and wellbeing, and issues at the base of policy making and policy oriented research using indicators. The vision is the initiation of annual summer schools supporting the European Statistical System with highly trained early stage researchers on these topics.
Dissemination activities will include the organization of two conferences with a common format and goals, namely to:
• discuss on-going work on measuring well-being and assess its emerging results;
• enhance the relevance of measures and analysis of key well-being dimensions for addressing policy issues that are of particular concern (such as inequity and social cohesion, vulnerability, access to education and health care services, democratic governance and civic engagement);
• lead to concrete outputs, such as establishing frameworks and regional plans for future work;
• identify key issues, relevant topics, proposals and plans to be discussed at the 4th World Forum.
Description of work:Task 1: European Network (Istat)
The first task, organized by Istat, foresees the structuring and coordination of a European Network of researchers, practitioners, civil society organization and policy makers which will maintain the different stakeholder in touch during the duration of the project and beyond. Members of the network will meet occasionally during the conferences and the workshops, but most of all they will communicate through the project website, the WikiProgress platform and the use of other web 2.0 tools (such as groups by Facebook or Linked-in). The network will focus on the use of social, economic and environmental indicators within EU policies (i.e. EU 2020, macroeconomic surveillance, cohesion policies, etc.). The creation of the network will benefit of the support of CFMR for the spreading of it through new Member States.

Task 2: Summer school (UT)
Task 2 consists of the organization of a summer school on indicators and statistical indicator methodology in the beyond GDP area by the University of Trier. The courses are targeted at post-graduate students and, possibly, master students as early stage training and will profit from the competences of project partners and members of the advisory board. The summer school will be held in Trier in 2013. The organization will start 6 months in advance. The event will constitute an important base to foster the dissemination of knowledge of indicator concepts and statistical indicator methodology. Furthermore, it should attract early stage researchers and thereby ensure that potential future NSI staff is experienced in the field.

Task 3 and Task 4: Conferences (OECD, CBS)
Tasks 3 and 4 foresee the organization of an initial and a final conference. Substantive inputs, outputs and communication materials will be produced by the organisers (respectively the OECD and CBS) to enhance both the coherency and direction of the whole project and the relevance of these events for high level exchanges among key stakeholders. Conferences’ programmes will be discussed within the Leading Committee to be tailored to highlight project outcomes. Conferences will represent opportunities for wider meetings of the European Network and for the organization of a session which will somehow substitute workshops for those tasks of the project foreseeing any organization.

Task 5: Multi-media communication (Istat)
Istat will produce all communication material (website, brochures, policy briefs, etc,) to evidence the activities of the project and with the aim of communicate its work ongoing and its results. The website, the brochure and the others tools, will be developed following the communication guidelines of the EC for SSH projects. The website will be delivered by M3 and it will be constantly maintained during the life of the project and for at least five years after the end of the project. Besides the brochure and the website Istat will deliver releases and notes for the press on the activities/events of the project and on its results. Policy briefs will be made available to public, illustrating the main results reached by the activities of stocktaking on the thematic of the WPs, with the aim to communicate and disseminate the knowledge towards policy makers, towards specialized and general public. The policy briefs will be constructed following the indications given by the Commission proposing eventual improvement of the structure of them to foster the communicative aim.
    D12.1: Communication activities (from March 2012 to June 2014)
    D12.2: Initial conference (June 2012)
    D12.3: Summer school (August 2013)
    D12.4: Final conference (February 2014)
    D12.5: Report describing activities and collecting documents of the Network (June 2014)