Last modified on February 26, 2024

Common Evaluation Methodology

Explanation of the CEM

The FAME project is currently developing a Common Evaluation Methodology (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. CEM will be part of European framework for testing [of CCAM] on public roads.

The first draft will become available in May 2024 and the final version in June 2025.

Until a draft version of CEM is published, the FAME project organises Methodology Clinics where CCAM projects can discuss methodological challenges and their potential solutions.

Objectives for CEM:

  • Evaluation results are easy to compare.
  • Evaluations can be planned to complement one another and support meta-analyses.
  • Common vocabulary and the comply-or-explain principle help projects to communicate their approaches and findings to the CCAM community.

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
HumanUser
Personal mobility
Quality of life
Traffic and transport Services and operation
Goods logistic
Safety
Traffic and network performance
Energy and environment
SocietyLand use
Liveability
Equity
Growth and employment
Socio-economics
Sustainability

Inventory of existing methodologies and best practices

The work on the 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 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 CEM were identified by the participants.

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