Learning through evaluation: The application of the Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis in co-creation to solve mobility problems

Pappers, J. (Presenter)

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Formal evaluation techniques such as Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA), and Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) are frequently used to evaluate the impacts of and the stakeholder support for possible solutions to mobility problems. At the same time, local and regional governments are crowdsourcing ideas from citizens to solve mobility problems via public participation. Nevertheless, ex-ante evaluation of ideas often remains an important step as well as a formal requirement to facilitate the selection of a solution. Rather than just a formal requirement, evaluation of ideas to solve mobility problems can also be used to inform citizens and stakeholders of the possible barriers to implementation of their ideas, such as negative impacts on sustainability or lack of stakeholder support.

Combining formal evaluation methods with less formal co-creation methods to crowdsource ideas from citizens has been trialled in Brussels to find out how all relevant stakeholders can remain engaged during evaluation of ideas and how evaluation methods can be used to inform and educate stakeholders of possible barriers to implementation of their ideas. This trial took place in the context of the Learning Loops in the Public Realm (LOOPER) project, a JPI Urban Europe project that demonstrates ‘learning loops’ i.e. new ways of decision-making which bring together citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers to iteratively learn how to address urban challenges.

In the Brussels LOOPER Living Lab, MCA and MAMCA were used to evaluate the impact of and stakeholder support for five solutions suggested by citizens that would improve traffic safety in a neighbourhood in Brussels, Belgium. This novel approach gives insights on how MCA can be used to see whether ideas from citizens have a positive effect on the sustainability of a neighbourhood, and whether stakeholders are expected to support the implementation of a solution by using MAMCA.
Period6 Jun 2019
Event title15th biennial NECTAR conference: Towards human scale cities - open and happy
Event typeConference
Conference number15
LocationHelsinki, Finland