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Understanding Ri & Region

Module RI: Project Profile

This module supports the collection, analysis and presentation of basic facts and figures about the studied RI project, which are relevant to understand the possible socio-economic (SE) impacts. There are nine categories in total covering data about facility type, project motivation, scientific and technical framework, challenges associated with the project, investor consortium, funding, as well as other aspects of the general governance model adopted by the proposing consortium. The required information is mainly collected through an analysis of the project documents and face-to-face interviews with scientific and technical experts, preferentially those involved in the preparation of the project proposal and/or construction of the facility. The majority of information is descriptive and helps to identify potential impacts and opportunities as well as risks and threats (scientific benefits, community interactions, governance strategies and how these lead to commercialisations etc). It is also used to prepare a description of the RI project as an introduction to the SE impact report in order to help external readers to understand the SE impact analysis.

Module Regio: Regional Profile

Divided into 7 categories, this module supports the elaboration of the regional profile of a target region if set out in the RI project profile or the elaboration of regional profiles of candidate regions to be used in the site selection process for large-scale European RIs in case of competing sites. The regional profile, being an input to the impact assessment that follows, is described by a set of factors rather than indicators. This fact requires that the methodology is applicable to a large variety of regional environments with very different characteristics that may be found in Europe, regions that can offer completely different opportunities for new developments and the creation of benefits, but that show also differences in the availability of information and require the use of distinct information sources. For this reason the methodology has been designed comprehensive enough in order to account for various possible developments and benefits and flexible enough in the use of methods and data sources to ensure availability of and access to relevant information in studies on different regions. The module also supports the assessment of the regional attractiveness and quality of life.

The required information is mainly collected through document analysis and face-to-face interviews with experts. For the most part the collected information is presented in a descriptive way and could be supported by quantitative data.