The first output of ENLARGE sets the conceptual and methodological approach of the project. The first chapter of the report categorises different forms of collaboration in policy-making: the main distinction is between participatory processes and deliberative processes, and between co-design and co-production processes. While the first ones mainly aim at mobilizing citizens in public affairs, the second aims to create public spaces of discussion between different viewpoints, reasons, ideas and interests, in order to take decisions in a constructive and consensual way. An overview of the main collaborative processes in environmental regulatory systems, such as the Environmental Impact Assessment and the Strategic Environmental Assessment is also provided.

The second chapter of the report proposes an approach to analyze collaborative processes and learn from them. In order to collect disciplined information from relevant (not necessarily “good” or “best”) practices, it is useful to distinguish the expected outcomes of a collaborative process, the process’ features or tools and the mechanisms eventually triggered by them, the context characteristics in which the collaborative process has been promoted.

The fourth chapter draws from the literature and from a first selection of practices a list of process features and tools used in co-design and co-production processes. The list will be updated with information collected through the call for practices, and will serve as a reference framework to discuss, compare and select different cases of collaborative processes.

The fifth chapter focuses on collaborative processes within the sustainable energy field, providing a definition of sustainable energy and a description of collaborative processes in this domain.

Construction of the co-design and co-production matrix” aims to develop a conceptual and methodological framework of participatory processes, especially in the field of sustainable energy, by:

Exploring the international theoretical and empirical literature on participatory approaches, and in particular on co-design and co-production processes;
Analysing the literature on social mechanisms and capacity building;
Exploring the international theoretical and empirical literature on participatory processes on sustainable energy
Creating two matrixes to collect information on co-design and co-production participatory processes in the sustainable energy field;
Producing a methodological framework for the collection and analysis of case studies, to be conducted in WP2 (Engagement and identification of practices) and WP3 (case studies analysis).

This Conceptual report contains the ENLARGE main methodological assumptions, setting the path for the realization of the activities of engagement, collection and analysis of relevant participatory practices in the sustainable energy field.

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