Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

  • European Commission
  • CORDIS
  • Programmes
  • Developing a framework for common, transparent data collection and performance measurement to allow comparability and replication between solutions and best-practice identification

Scope: To develop a framework for common data and performance measurement collection system which should be open, transparent and allow comparability of solutions. It should consider KPI on energy, ICT and transport matters as well as joint indicators to measure possible rebound effects and systemic values. Work has to build on results from CONCERTO, CIVITAS, the Green Digital Charter as well as the ICT-PSP pilots and could embrace other initiatives as the Green Button of the DoE in the US and 'The Social Energy Collective' in the Netherlands. In addition to methodologies and tools proposals should establish a framework for cities' cooperation to exchange best practices and compare achievements.


Performance measurements should consider the solution's impact on greenhouse gas emission reductions, improved energy efficiency and increased integration of RES into a city's energy mix. Moreover quantification of economic, and possibly even social, performance of the solution at hand has to be included to evaluate the potential value for money and consumer engagement. In short, key performance indicators are to be developed at least along the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability.


The work has to consider existing European initiatives such as the Reference Framework for sustainable Cities and the international dimension, notably the CityProtocol and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) initiatives.


The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.5 to 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.


Expected impact:



  • Involvement of society in data management processes of cities according to the value of information and improvement of level of trust of citizens.

  • Stimulate market for data-enabled services/solutions (supporting entrepreneurship).

  • Improved territorial knowledge for smart city planning.

  • Recommendations to policy makers for collecting new sources of data and possibly form the basis for policy recommendations for a 'smart city index'.


Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

Record Number: 664876 / Last updated on: 2015-03-25