JRC week 2019

About the JRC Week on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards

On November 4-8, 2019, the JRC Week on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards brought together over 100 academics, policy makers, data and policy analysts with a common interest in multidimensional indicator frameworks to inform policy making.
 
Over the course of five days, participants learnt from best practices and engage with like-minded peers. The training offered lessons learnt from the JRC assessments of more than 100 well-known composite indicators and scoreboards. The team of experts of the European Commission’s Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards illustrated practical examples from major international indices and showed what is behind the widely communicated scores and rankings.
 
The questions below and more were explored during the training:

  • What are the state-of-art methods to develop and audit indices and scoreboards?
  • How much faith can we have in multidimensional frameworks and how can common pitfalls be avoided?
  • How can indices and scoreboards better inform policy and be communicated to the wider public?
  • What already successful tools can be further adopted?

 
In addition, the Community of Practice meeting featured presentations by over 20 speakers from international institutions such as the MIT, Yale-NUS College, World Economic Forum, OECD, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Germanwatch, Equal Measures 2030, among others. This year’s topics will focus on sustainable cities, energy transition, climate change, child wellbeing, African governance, gender equality and artificial intelligence.
 
The Community of Practice on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards offers an ideal opportunity to share political and technical challenges in building multidimensional frameworks, create new collaborations and stay up to date with the latest developments on composite indicators as well as on data visualisation tools.
 
The JRC Week is open to all with an interest in informing policies through multidimensional indicator frameworks.

 

You can find here all presentations from the different speakers for download.

 

Agenda

4 November | Training

12:00 Registration & Welcome Lunch

13:00 Opening & Introduction
Michaela Saisana, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

13:40 Introduction to Statistical Terms
William Becker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

14:30 Steps 1 & 2: Framework & Indicators
Definition, added-value, multidimensionality, selection criteria for indicators
Daniel Vertesy, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Step 3: Outliers & Missing data
Outliers: winsorization, trimming, transformations (Box-Cox family)
Giacomo Damioli, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Missing data: mean/median, hot-deck, EM
Marcos Dominguez-Torreiro, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

17:00 Audit your index: The COIN Tool
An Excel-based tool for constructing and analysing composite indicators
William Becker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

18:00 Welcome cocktail

19:30 End of first day

5 November | Training

09:00 Welcome Coffee

09:30 Mind stretching
Taking stock of day one

09:45 Step 4: Normalisation
Min-max, distance to best performer, z-scores, categorical, ranking
Maria Del Sorbo, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

10:20 Step 5: Data-Driven Weighting Methods – part A
Equal Weights - Principal Component Analysis
Eleni Papadimitriou, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Step 5: Data-Driven Weighting Methods – part B
Benefit of the Doubt (DEA approach)
Giulio Caperna, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

12:00 Step 5: Participatory Weighting Methods
Budget allocation, analytic hierarchy process
Beatrice D’ Hombres, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

12:45 Networking Lunch

14:00 Step 6: Aggregation rules
Generalized mean, median ranking, Borda, Outranking Matrix
Giulio Caperna, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Marcos Domínguez-Torreiro, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Audit your index: The COIN Tool
An Excel-based tool for constructing and analysing composite indicators
William Becker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

18:00 End of second day

6 November | Training

09:00 Welcome Coffee

09:30 Mind stretching
Taking stock of day two

09:45 Step 7: Statistical coherence
Correlations, cross-correlations
Pablo De Pedraza, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Principal component analysis, reliability analysis
Giulio Caperna, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Step 8: Quality control & Robustness
Pearson correlation coefficient, non-linear Pearson correlation ratio, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
William Becker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Steps 9 & 10: Visualisation & Communication
Data visualisation tools
Carlos Moura, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Communication
Valentina Alberti, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Audit your index: The COIN Tool
An Excel-based tool for constructing and analysing composite indicators
William Becker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

18:00 End of training

7 November | Community of Practice

09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 Opening
Michaela Saisana, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

09:40 Session 1: Climate change and energy transition
Moderated by: Ana Rita Neves, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Climate Change Performance Index
Jan Burck, Germanwatch

Energy Transition Index
Harsh Vijay Singh, World Economic Forum

Indicator frameworks for the Energy Union
Bogdan Atanasiu, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Session 2: Future and sustainable cities
Moderated by: Eleni Papadimitriou, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

The Future of Cities
Carlo Lavalle, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Cities in Motion Index
Carlos Carrasco, IESE Business School

SDG Index and Dashboards for European Cities
Guillaume Lafortune, Sustainable Development Solutions Network; John Dagevos, Telos, Tilburg University

Monitoring SDGs at local/regional level
Marine Siva, European Committee of the Regions

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Session 3: Creative and inclusive cities
Moderated by: Francesco Panella, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Senseable Cities
Fabio Duarte, MIT Senseable City Lab

Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor
Valentina Montalto, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Urban Environment & Social Inclusion Index
Angel Hsu, Yale-NUS College

From data to local policy making
Giorgia Boldrini, City of Bologna, Italy

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Session 4: Africa: governance, integration and childhood
Moderated by: Maria del Sorbo, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Africa Regional Integration Index
Shamnaaz Sufrauj, Simon Mevel, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Ibrahim Index of African Governance
Yannick Vuylsteke, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Child Friendliness Index
Negussie Dejene, The African Child Policy Forum

End of Childhood Index
Doris Mpoumou, Save the Children

17:30 End of first day

8 November | Community of Practice

09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 Session 5:  Artificial intelligence and economic complexity
Moderated by: Daniel Vertesy, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Artificial Intelligence Index
Ray Perrault, SRI International

AI Watch: the European Observatory for Artificial Intelligence
Alessandro Annoni, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Economic Complexity Index
Alex Simoes, Datawheel

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Session 6: Gender equality
Moderated by: Lewis Dijkstra, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Regional Gender Equality Monitor
Eleni Papadimitriou, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Social Institutions & Gender Index
Pierre de Boisséson, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

SDG Gender Index
Albert Motivans, Equal Measures 2030

12:50 Closing Remarks
Michaela Saisana, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Optional JRC Tour

Tour #1: JRC Visitor’s Centre
Get to know the variety of research to support EU policies taking place at the JRC and engage in the many interactive exhibitions available.

Tour #2: JRC Makerspace
Discover the first Makerspace in an EU institution, a collaborative space designed to promote active participation, knowledge sharing, and scientific research through open-ended exploration and experimentation.

Tour #3: European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA)
Find out more about European research in structural and earthquake engineering and visit the ELSA Reaction Wall, one of the largest facilities in the world to test the vulnerability of buildings to earthquakes and other hazards.

15:30 End of the Community of Practice Meeting

 

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Practical information

Registration
Registrations are open here until October 10.
 
Contact
JRC-COIN@ec.europa.eu
 
Venue
European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Via Enrico Fermi 2749, 21027, Ispra (VA), Italy – Auditorium 
Participants will have to bring their ID or passport to the JRC each day.
 
Laptops
Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, so that they can explore the COIN Tool. The presentations will be made available online during the training. Wifi access will be available for all participants.
Participants will have to register their laptop or tablet at the JRC entrance on the first day.
 
Costs
There are no registrations fees, but participants will need to cover the costs of their travel and accommodation.
 
Accommodation and transportation
The JRC will provide assistance in booking accommodation in the local area.
The JRC will also arrange transfers from airport/train station to the JRC site and local transfers from the hotel to the JRC site. Participants can fly to Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate (if open) or arrive by train to Milan Central Station, Sesto Calende or Arona. Participants can also be picked up by the JRC shuttle service in Lugano Agno Airport and Lugano Railway Station in Switzerland. All drivers will carry a yellow sign ‘JRC Ispra’.
 
Language
The JRC Week will be held in English.
 
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