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Support Action Towards Evaluation, Learning, Local Innovation, Transfer and Excellence

Periodic Reporting for period 3 - CIVITAS SATELLITE (Support Action Towards Evaluation, Learning, Local Innovation, Transfer and Excellence)

Reporting period: 2019-07-01 to 2020-12-31

SATELLITE functioned as anchor for the entire CIVITAS Network, coordinating and supporting CIVITAS 2020 projects. Strategic project goals:
• facilitate cooperation between CIVITAS 2020 projects
• elaborate CIVITAS Process and Impact Evaluation Framework and formulate comprehensive cross-project conclusions on effectiveness of measures
• support information-sharing and capacity building work of CIVITAS projects to maximise their impact
• strengthen knowledge exchange among CIVITAS projects and beyond, and ensure that tools and methodologies developed are taken up by other cities/regions
• increase visibility of CIVITAS activities in and beyond Europe and disseminate results of CIVITAS 2020 projects
• enhance networking activities among CIVITAS Forum member cities, including strong links to CIVINETs; encourage lasting capitalisation of activities
CIVITAS 2020 Coordination
• 3 needs assessments with CIVITAS projects; concrete proposals for project cooperation
• Table with CIVITAS project activities; contact lists
• MoUs between SATELLITE and CIVITAS projects
• CIVITAS Exchange Hub as coordination & cooperation platform
• Project coordinators’ meetings at CIVITAS Forums 2017-2019
• 14 editions of CIVITAS internal newsletter incl. CIVITAS project milestones, SATELLITE services & events
• Interaction with CIVITAS projects on impact of COVID-19
• Coordination with ELEVATE
• Optimised & refined CIVITAS process and impact evaluation framework; explained to all CIVITAS projects; core evaluation reporting tools for IA projects
• Completed CIVITAS evaluation framework for CIVITAS IA & RIA projects, also, new CBA guidelines
• Face-to-face & virtual meetings with all RIA projects on CIVITAS evaluation approach
• Overall synthesis of SATELLITE evaluation experiences
• Set of in-depth reviewed & improved Measure Evaluation Result Sheets for IA projects
• Report on lessons learned from RIA projects (1) funded 2015-2018, (2) funded since 2016; summary of evaluation findings from these projects for IA projects
• Focus report on results from CIVITAS measures, on optimal combinations of different types of CIVITAS measures & on cross-cutting aspects of implemented CIVITAS measures
• Overview of long-term impact of CIVITAS measures in previously funded CIVITAS cities & report on long-term success stories from cities funded by CIVITAS; basis for 2 “success stories” brochures
• Report on evaluation results from CIVITAS IA projects
• CIVITAS 2020 policy recommendations
Capacity building
• 4 calendars and overviews of potential synergies of training and learning activities planned in CIVITAS 2020 projects
• Webinar on how to organise an effective and engaging webinar
• 19 face-to-face & online meetings among the various CIVITAS project clusters
• Library of e-courses & webinars on sustainable urban mobility launched (; 243 items at project end
• 3 thematic webinars on topics of interest upon request from CIVITAS projects
• 2 e-courses with live moderation; now static e-course on CIVITAS Learning Centre
• 3 series of webinars (on automation, parking & MaaS)
Transfer, take-up & exploitation
• 4 calls for cities for placements & study visits
• 1 work placement & 11 study visits; report on peer-to-peer activities
• E-publication “We dare to” on best-practices from 7 CIVITAS cities
• Thematic Group (TG) activities initiated; altered TG approach implemented
• Thematic measures based assessment of COVID-19
• International section in all MOVE newsletters
• Several international activities, e.g. CIVITAS session at TRB 2018 Washington, ICLEI World Congress 2018 Montreal, session at Automated Vehicles Symposium 2017 San Francisco, international session at CIVITAS Forum 2018, Transport Day 2018 Katowice, and COP25 2019 Madrid
• State-of-the-art report on EU-China exchange on urban mobility
• Needs assessment on demand for tools & methods from CIVITAS 2020 projects
• Online marketplace on tools ( launched: 241 tools at project end
Communication & dissemination
• CIVITAS communication & dissemination strategy; CIVITAS 2020 Corporate Design Handbook; logos/templates for SATELLITE & various CIVITAS IA & RIA projects
• Regular technical & content updates of CIVITAS website; search functionalities improved. CIVITAS Knowledge Base incl. Resource Library added; Mobility Measures section redeveloped as “Mobility Solutions”. Clear upward trends in page views, sessions & users visiting the website over course of SATELLITE
• CIVITAS promotional materials: business cards, ‘Welcome to CIVITAS’ booklet, roll-up banners & standard CIVITAS Initiative presentation
• Weekly update of social media channels; significant growth in followers
• 16 editions of newsletter, achieving growth in subscriptions
• 12 policy briefs (
• Media partnerships for CIVITAS Forums; articles/adverts in numerous magazines; 12 press releases
• Communication support to IA projects
• 17 promotional videos: 7 interviews with policymakers & city representatives; 1 on CIVITAS Tool Inventory; 1 on CIVITAS Awards 2017; 1 on neighbourhood projects; 7 city videos for “We dare to”
• 1 event to disseminate (R)IA project results: Workshop at CIVITAS Forum 2019
• CIVITAS results publications: (1) CIVITAS RIA projects 2015-2018 – Lessons Learnt; (2) CIVITAS RIA projects 2016-2020 – Lessons Learnt; (3) CIVITAS IA projects – Summary of Results
• 3 podcasts on results of IA projects
• Infographics & photo documentation on IA project results
• CIVITAS representation at 61 European mobility events
• COVID-19 SUMP Practitioner Briefing & SUMP Resilience Topic Guide
Structured networking
• Management of CIVITAS Secretariat services
• Strategy to expand CIVITAS Forum network; CIVITAS outreach database; 86 cities signed CIVITAS Forum declaration during project; Forum network directory updated annually
• CIVITAS Forums 2017-2019 incl. CIVITAS Awards; reports on conferences
• 2 CIVINET Activity Fund calls for existing CIVINETs
• 1 CIVINET Activity Fund call for establishment of new CIVINETs (new: Finland and Greece-Cyprus)
• 4 Advisory Groups
• 9 PAC meetings, 4 PAC site visits, 11 policy dialogues/advocacy meetings, 4 PAC statements
SATELLITE made a significant contribution to advancing the goals of CIVITAS and maximising its impacts. It successfully built upon and further developed existing CIVITAS principles, and at the same time introduced a number of new features to CIVITAS such as:
• Needs assessments with CIVITAS projects and provision of concrete cooperation proposals
• Establishment of internal newsletter for CIVITAS projects
• Further elaboration of CIVITAS process and impact evaluation framework
• Cooperation with and support for evaluation activities of RIA projects
• Face-to-face and online meetings among CIVITAS project clusters
• Dedicated support for CIVITAS projects’ (e-)learning activities
• Development of large library of e-learning resources
• Introduction of dedicated international cooperation activities
• Launch of CIVITAS Urban Mobility Tool Inventory
• Increased presence of CIVITAS on social media channels
• Technical and content-related improvement of CIVITAS website
• CIVITAS Forums 2017-2019 and contribution to 2020 Urban Mobility Days (strong representation of CIVITAS projects in programme, more interactive formats, focus on deployment)
• Practitioner Briefing on COVID-19 & SUMP Resilience Topic Guide