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PRO4VIP Report Summary

Project ID: 645584
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - PRO4VIP (Innovative PROcurement for Visual Impaired People)

Reporting period: 2015-12-01 to 2016-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The partnership have been distributing the project activities during the almost 2 years of activity into 2 sections:
1. A preparatory phase
2. A competence building phase

During the first period of the project it was planned to define a common methodology to implement needs assessment in the visual impairment context. This document is the result of bringing together the experience of some partners on different PCPs project and the expertise of others in data processing instruments (such as ontology) and eye health conditions.
The needs elicitation activities are the deployment of the proposed methodology mentioned above. These activities are innovative as they are part of a phase 0 of a visual impairment-focused PCP.
Furthermore, collected techniques, approaches and other information is an added-value asset in the field of innovative procurement, as far as is can be considered a good practice and be an example for others projects.
PRO4VIP has designed and partially implemented a dissemination strategy that aims to ensure the visibility of the project results and the Innovative procurement among stakeholders as well as within the project partners.
Networking activities is a key element of the dissemination strategy to spread the instrument of public procurement of innovation and innovative procurement. PRO4VIP partners are substantially contributing in the knowledge of these instruments among potential suppliers and procurers for an eventual PCP or PPI process.
Once the methodology was defined and approved by the consortium, the different experts were set at work to collect the data relevant needs assessment process. Based on the defined methodology the consortium’s procurers organised activities such as moderated focus-group, questionnaires distribution and so forth, so as to gather as much feedback as possible from the different stakeholders in their organizations and for the project’s objectives as a whole. As the consortium developed the activities in the second year of activities, it was familiarized with the concepts of demand-driven innovation process, procurement of innovation and the relative issues.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In the first 10 months of the project, the consortium has undertaken activities for Work Packages 1, 2, 3 and 5, as it was foreseen in the workplan. The main objective of the first year has been to allow all the partners, especially procuring entities that provide assistance and healthcare services, to familiarise with main issues of low vision and the demand-driven innovation tool that is the Procurement of innovation. This was aimed at creating a common, shared background within the Consortium regarding low vision and innovative procurement. This effort was considered as vital from the project proposal, due to the heterogeneous background of the Partners and their different level of understanding and comprehension of the main issues related to low vision and procurement of innovation.
Therefore, it can be said that In this first year of the project, the consortium has been focusing on preparing the conditions that would allow, in the second year, to address and define a set of unsatisfied needs in the low vision field on which to focus and identify which procurement of Innovation process would best suits these objectives.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"During the first period of the project it was planned to define a common methodology to implement need assessment in the visual impairment context. This document is the result of bringing together the experience of some partners on different PCPs project and the expertise of others in data processing instruments (such as ontology) and eye health conditions.
The needs elicitation activities are the deployment of the proposed methodology mentioned above. These activities are innovative as they are part of a phase 0 of a visual impairment-focused PCP.
Furthermore, collected techniques, approaches and other information is an added-value asset in the field of innovative procurement, as far as is can be considered a good practice and be an example for others projects.
PRO4VIP has designed and partially implemented a dissemination strategy that aims to ensure the visibility of the project results and the Innovative procurement among stakeholders as well as within the project partners.
Networking activities is a key element of the dissemination strategy to spread the instrument of public procurement of innovation and innovative procurement. PRO4VIP partners are substantially contributing in the knowledge of these instruments among potential suppliers and procurers for an eventual PCP or PPI process.


Achievements


In order to meet the impact #1, the consortium worked in the WP2 in defining a work methodology that would enable different stakeholders join up in order to facilitate the emerging of the unmet needs for the end-users and clinicians involved in the low-vision ecosystem.
To achieve the expected impacts, PRO4VIP defined a framework with 3 specific phases:
- needs identification, aimed at identifying, categorizing and ordering of uncovered needs shared by PRO4VIP partners and stakeholders. This would lead to the design of business cases, i.e., a set of characteristics and functions that future technologies should contain in order to meet those needs;
- comprehensive state of the art analysis and market consultation, aimed at analysing current technological state of development in the field of interest and ensure that business case have identified a not available solutions;
- design of the identified innovative public procurement procedure (PCP and/or PPI). The definition of a procurement strategy that matches with PRO4VIP characteristics and objectives will be determined by a series of activities, as buyers engagement (among others).
During the 1st phase, the consortium organized 3 focus groups with end-users across Europe (Netherlands, Slovenia and Cyprus) with the leadership of EBU, where the participating organizations were the most representative of the Blind and partially sighted population.
The needs expressed by patients in the different Focus Group, made in the context of this project, it is considered that can be described by several high order functions which express what future innovative solutions that could be developed should perform.


E. Conclusion

PRO4VIP as a coordination and support action was developed with the ambition of being the stepping stone for a procurement of innovation project, either a PCP or PPI, as the stakeholders had the hypothesis, that was confirmed in the project, that there is a gap between the unmet needs of the end-users of the partially sighted community that is not addressed by the current market suppliers.
By developing the tools and by building the competences within the potential procurers involved in the PRO4VIP network, the project has been successful in planting the seeds of demand-driven innovation approach in a new ecosystem. The actors involved in addressing the needs of end-users and of clinicians have been made aware of the potential benefits of modifying the current supply and demand approach and by stimulating innovation that is both suitable for the market and tailored-made for the buyers.
The literature on the unmet needs of the partially sighted population in Europe has been enriched with the PRO4VIP materials. The project has stimulated future collaborative project that will tackle the identified challenges of the sector."

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