Last modified on July 15, 2024

Common Evaluation Methodology

EU-CEM Handbook

The FAME project has developed a European Common Evaluation Methodology (EU-CEM) for CCAM that provides guidance on how to set up and carry out an evaluation or assessment of direct and indirect (wider socio-economic) impacts directed to different user groups. EU-CEM is part of European framework for testing [of CCAM] on public roads.

The final version will be published in June 2025.

Objectives for EU-CEM:

  • Ensure high quality evaluation of CCAM.
  • Provide common language and basis for CCAM evaluation in different projects.
  • Allow all CCAM projects to benefit from methodological lessons learned and best practices.
  • Support comparability and complementarity of evaluation activities.

Evaluation areas:

CCAM affects vehicles, people, transport system as well as the society in multiple ways. CEM provides evaluation area specific guidelines for the following areas:

Level of evaluationEvaluation area
VehicleTechnical functioning
Driving behaviour
People mobility
Quality of life
Traffic and transport Services and operation
Goods logistic
Transport activity and fleet composition
Traffic safety
Traffic flow efficiency
Energy and environment
SocietyLand use
Economic activity and employment

Inventory of existing methodologies and best practices

The work on the EU-CEM in the FAME project started with an inventory of existing methodologies. The approach for this milestone was as follows:

  • A template was developed which was filled in by representatives of the evaluation teams of various projects and methodologies (EU and national). The template included questions about the type of projects and methodologies, which impact areas were addressed, and whether certain parts of FESTA methodology were used and in which way.
  • Interviews were held with representatives of the evaluation teams of a subset of projects and methodologies, to discuss relevant aspects not reported on in deliverables, e.g., what went according to plan and what didn’t, which achievements in the project were considered best practices, which pitfalls were encountered and what they would like to see addressed in the EU-CEM.
  • Material from two workshops was used: (1) the FAME workshop held on March 8, 2023, in Brussels, where challenges encountered in CCAM evaluations were inventoried among the participants, and (2) ARCADE online workshop (2020) in which gaps to be addresses in the EU-CEM were identified by the participants.

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