The deliverable 9.1, Framework for intra-project collaboration, was submitted by NTNU in February 2019. Following, the executive summary of the deliverable:
“In this report (Deliverable 9.1), we describe a learning framework, based on open innovation, to foster a collaborative approach among +CityxChange partners and with external stakeholders. The report is structured in three main thematic chapters:
- Open Innovation Framework for the +CityxChange project
- Methods and Tools
- Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Evaluation Framework
The report includes an overview of the main elements of the learning framework, and how it connects to other tasks, partners and stakeholders in the project. The learning framework will include study visits to the lighthouse cities as well as peer-to-peer workshops using participatory design methods, co-creation, forecasting, mock-ups, storyboards, future workshops, brainstorming and experience prototyping, and opportunities to build on experiences from the +CityxChange Innovation Playgrounds.
The report includes an ex-ante and ex-post evaluation framework of cross-cutting issues in clean energy, open innovation, gender, socio-economic science and humanities, that will enable us to document whether the transfer of knowledge and experiences among project partners and with external stakeholders led to better project results, and, if so, under which conditions this was achieved.
The report forms part of +CityxChange Work Package 9 “Inter-Project Collaboration and Clustering”, dedicated to the transfer of knowledge and experiences between cities and solutions providers within the project, and with external stakeholders. This Work Package will facilitate regular meetings, workshops and brainstorming sessions between the cities, industry partners, local stakeholders and other interested parties. These activities will help identify and address the needs of the participating cities and solution providers in an effective manner, align goals and priorities, promote cross-cultural communication, understanding and collaboration between the partners, and speed up the learning process and iteration of results across the value chain.
The activities created within Work Package 9 will draw upon the experiences made by all partners across all tasks. In the +CityxChange project, the Follower Cities (FCs) will watch and learn from the Lighthouse Cities (LHC) how demonstrations have been applied, understand what has or has not been successful, identify which demonstrations would have optimal impact within their local context and create detailed replication plans for their deployment. The FCs will also themselves deploy the bold city vision, community engagement and playground demonstrations, perform feasibility studies and identify investment pipelines for their planned Positive Energy Blocks.“