Crossover: Bridging Communities for Next Generation Policy-Making (Crossover)

Published on: 14/01/2013

CROSSOVER is a project, co-funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme WP-ICT-2011-2012 under the objective 5.6 "ICT solutions for governance and policy modelling".

It aims to consolidate and expand the existing community on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling (built largely within FP7) by:

  • Bringing together and reinforcing the links between the different global communities of researchers and experts: it will create directories of experts and solutions, and animate knowledge exchange across communities of practice both offline and online;
  • Reaching out and raising the awareness of non-experts and potential users, with special regard to high-level policy-makers and policy advisors: it will produce multimedia content, a practical handbook and high-level policy conferences with competition for prizes;
  • Establishing the scientific and political basis for long-lasting interest and commitment to next generation policy-making, beyond the mere availability of FP7 funding: it will focus on use cases and a demand-driven approach, involving policy-makers and advisors in high-level conference, defining a collaborative stakeholders declaration and developing a sustainability plan.

The CROSSOVER project pursues this goal through a combination of content production, ad hoc and well-designed online and offline animation; as well as strong links with existing communities outside the CROSSOVER project and outside the realm of eGovernment.

CROSSOVER builds on the results of the CROSSROAD project, which elaborated a research roadmap on the same topic along the whole of 2010. With respect to the previous roadmap, this document is firstly a revised and updated version. Beside this, it contains some fundamental novelties:

  1. A demand-driven approach: rather than focussing on the technology, the present roadmap starts from the needs and the activities of policy-making and then links the research challenges to them;
  2. An additional emphasis on cases and applications: for each research challenge, relevant cases and practical solutions are indicated;
  3. A clearer thematic focus on ICT for Governance and Policy-Modelling, by dropping more peripheral grand challenges of Government Service Utility and Scientific Base for ICT-enabled Governance;
  4. A global coverage: while CROSSROAD focussed on Europe, CROSSOVER includes cases and experiences from all over the world;
  5. A living roadmap: the present deliverable is accompanied by online repositories of tools, people and applications.

Description of target users and groups

The Crossover project will reach out and raise the awareness of non-experts and potential users, with special regard to high-level policy-makers and policy advisors.

Description of the way to implement the initiative

The project will pursue its goals by:

  • creating directories of experts and solutions, and animating knowledge exchange across communities of practice both offline and online.
  • producing multimedia content, detailed case studies, roadmap, workshops and high-level policy conference with competition for prize.
  • providing a valuable knowledge base and eventually an ultimate ontology for policy modelling.

CROSSOVER has a particular focus on non-traditional modelling, system dynamic, discrete event models, cellular automata, multi-agent models and agent-based simulation, and social network analysis in order to satisfy the following grand challenges:

  • Model-based collaborative governance
  • Data powered collective intelligence and action
  • Government service utility
  • Science base for ICT for governance and policy modelling

Moreover, a platform is used as a main collaboration tool among CROSSOVER partners, experts and practitioners. The platform also provides a consolidated corpus of material, such as use cases, services, tools, models and news.

Main results, benefits and impacts

The vision of CROSSOVER is to raise awareness among policy makers of the concrete information offered by governance and policy modelling tools and to respond to their research needs. The expected outcome is a new Research Roadmap on ICT tools for Governance and Policy Modelling. The roadmap will be demand driven and calibrated on users’ and practitioners’ needs and will be improved and validated by collecting their input and feedback.

Lessons learnt

The three main lessons learnt through CROSSOVER are:

  • The identification of key people and organisations, tools and methods, case studies and best practices in the field of policy modelling
  • The identification of key research issues related to the domain of ICT for governance and policy modelling, the technologies that are now available for policy making and what could become available in the future
  • The results from a survey on the ICT needs of policy makers. ICT can help reshaping the way public policies are designed, implemented and evaluated. Tools such as visualisation, modeling, simulation, opinion mining are increasingly used in policy-making. But how well do these tools answer the needs of policy-makers?
Scope: International