The URSA MAJOR neo Evaluation Workshop, which was hosted in Frankfurt on the 26th of March, brought together 15 URSA MAJOR partners for a very successful discussion on the ITS Evaluation as well as the exchange of experiences from past evaluations. The aim of this meeting was to identify possible optimizations in the evaluation process and to ensure that all partners involved are equally informed of the evaluation activity. Furthermore, a first analysis of the implementations to be evaluated was also part of the discussion.
The workshop was introduced by Stephanie Kleine (International Coordinator of UM2 and UMneo) and evaluation lead Luca Studer (Politecnico di Milano). Luca Studer started with a presentation of the basic concepts of ITS project evaluation, in which he explained the structured procedures during the evaluation process. After several questions, mainly due to the time horizon of data for the evaluation and suggestions about the pollution estimation, Luca also explained the meaning of deployment and benefit KPIs in detail. It was decided, that all national evaluators will get the Evaluation kit, containing the KPI definition document, the DG MOVE KPI document and the template, in order to achieve an efficient and harmonized evaluation process. Then examples of evaluation studies were presented and the structure for reporting evaluation results was clarified. Finally, each national evaluator presented the projects to be evaluated, followed by a discussion of the possible criticisms and problems.
In conclusion, the URSA MAJOR neo Evaluation Workshop was a great opportunity to discuss the evaluation activity, the results and the assessment of the evaluation process. Thus, there are no more obstacles to effective execution of the evaluation activity. It was agreed also to complete the first paragraphs of template by the end of April, which guaranteed a timely start of the evaluation process.