The two research centres Belgian Ageing Studies (BAS – Educational Science) and the Centre for Urban Research (COSMOPOLIS – Geography) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) are involved in the CALICO project. The BAS research focuses on the social aspects of ageing. COSMOPOLIS is a research centre dedicated to research in geography, spatial planning and urban design. Both research groups have extensive experience in the coordination of policy-oriented research within the Brussels-Capital Region. They also aim to encourage policy makers, intermediary organisations and citizens to transform knowledge into action. BAS and COSMOPOLIS also have extensive experience in participating in European and (inter)national projects.
Involvement in the project
BAS and COSMO are in charge of monitoring, measuring and evaluating the social impact of the CALICO project (main challenges, objectives, measurement of results) until the end of the European project (October 2021). The VUB uses methods based on theory and participatory research in social action. Its approach includes a process evaluation and outcome measurement through qualitative (interviews and focus groups) and quantitative (survey) research, which takes into account the different stakeholders (residents, local residents, partners, public authorities) involved in the different phases of the project. The evaluation is organised in 4 phases resulting in 4 research reports : an initial phase which focuses on the preparation and start-up of the project (documentary analysis, development of a participatory social action model, baseline measurement and monitoring protocol), two intermediate evaluation phases through surveys, in-depth interviews and focus groups and data analysis) and a closing phase which concludes with the production of a final evaluation report and recommendations for policy and practice. Together with Perspective Brussels, the VUB is studying this new model in order to generate replicable and sustainable results that can inspire the housing policy of the Brussels-Capital Region and other European cities.