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New interchange in the north of Orléans

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance
  • Motorway concession company, Road transport
  • Private company holding a public service delegation

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Identification of the operation's perimeter and analysis of legal risks.
Exhaustive analysis of applicable procedures.
Procedural planning and accompaniment in the definition of an action plan.

Motorway project

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance
  • Motorway concession company, Road transport
  • Private company holding a public service delegation

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Regulatory watch and assistance mission, notably involving the drafting of a monthly regulatory watch and the updating of the procedural code for ASF teams.

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) supercalculator

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Innovation, Weather
  • International Organization

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Faced with the necessity to replace its medium-range weather forecast supercalculator, the ECMWF (34 member and cooperating countries) launched a tender process to evaluate the benefits of a new, high power, supercalculator. CITIZING won this tender.
3 supercalculator options were studied. Measured impacts related to hydroelectricity, wind power, road transport, agriculture, mass distribution, tourism and safety of people and of goods (forest fires, floods and tropical cyclones).
Principal results: the socio-economic impact analysis showed a socio-economic NDV of £2.5 billion with the least ambitious method; £5,5 billion with the intermediate option; and £15 billion with the strategic option. Following a vote at the Member State council, an option between the intermediate and strategic scenario was chosen. The study sponsors underlined the importance of the socio-economic impact analysis in the decision making process.

Construction of the Loos prison

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Prisons
  • State

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CITIZING was solicited by the Commissariat Général à l'Investissement (CGI, Commissariat-General for Investment) to carry out the counter evaluation of the socio-economic impact analysis of the Loos prison project. The methodology deployed by CITIZING builds on the Quinet report's (2013) principles and the counter-expertise carried out for the Gradignan prison (De Brux J. and Morel d'Arleux., 2017) by evaluating the impact of the construction of this new prison on the occupancy rates other prisons.
Principal results : the project creates more socio-economic value than it destroys, conditional on increasing the number of prison cells and not increasing the number of detainees.
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Readiness to PPPs

  • Project elaboration strategy
  • Infrastructure, Public-private partnership
  • International Organization

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To ensure the efficiency of its assistance, UN-ECE funds are primarily aimed towards countries who request it and show sufficient institutional stability. CITIZING carried out an institutional auditing mission of the Moldovan ministry of the economy. The ministry wished to be accompanied on the financial and human resources aspects of the implementation of an infrastructure investment program, and notably with execution of a public-private partnership.

New economic model for nurseries

  • Project elaboration strategy
  • Early childhood
  • Private company

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Crèches de France is a private nursery provider accredited by the French family allowances fund (CAF, Caisse d'Allocations familales). Crèches de France solicited CITIZING and the law firm Solon Avocats to help distinguish themselves in a sector with numerous private, public and non-profit actors.
CITIZING offered strategic advice on an economic model and the construction of a partnership with local authorities.

Météo-France Supercalculator

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Innovation, Weather
  • Public institution

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Faced with saturated computing means to elaborate necessary meteorological previsions and climate projections, Météo-France questioned the scale of the investment needed to effectively answer the needs of all meteorological sensitive actors. CITIZING thus carried out the socio-economic evaluation of three project options.
Principal results: for each euro invested in the project, the project had the potential to generate 12€ of socio-economic value. This socio-economic evaluation led to the recommendation of the investment. As for all investments of more than 100 million euros, the evaluation was counter evaluated by the Commissariat Général à l'Investissement (CGI, Commissariat-General for Investment). The counter-experts where Emile Quinet and Michel Jarraud.

Power Road® innovation

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Energy, Innovation, Smart city, Urban mobility
  • Private company holding a public service delegation

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Power Road® is an Eurovia innovation, which allows for a road to capture, store and restore energy. Several uses of Power Road® were studied in this socio-economic impact analysis : on a road, with a pavilion-heating function; on a parking lot, with a snow removal and supermarket heating function; on an airport taxiway, with a snow removal function; on an urban road, with a building heating and decreased urban heat island effect. The impacts measured relate to avoided costs of energy and snow removal, decreased road accidents and CO2 emissions, improved public health, as well as natural catastrophe and biodiversity impacts.
Principal results: whilst Power Road® is more expensive than traditional road covers, its net discounted socio-economic value (socio-economic NDV) is positive. Depending on the use, the socio-economic NDV ranges from several hundred thousand to tens of millions.

Smart lighting system in Rillieux-La-Pape

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Innovation, Public lighting, Smart city, Urban planning
  • Local authority

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The city of Rillieux-La-Pape chose to into place an energy performance contract to renew its municipal lighting system by adding a smart component. The lamp posts are fitted with LEDs and a presence sensor allows for light intensity to vary. A remote managing system also allows for optimized repair times. The impacts measured related to decreased energy bills, criminality, road accidents and CO2 emissions.
Principal results: the net discounted socio-economic and financial values are positive: the investment is collectively and financially desirable.

Public service video-conferencing innovation in the Hautes-Alpes

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Administration, Innovation, Smart city
  • Local authority

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CITIZING evaluated a public service video-conferencing service in the Hautes-Alpes department. This system was put into place to improve public service access in rural areas. It allows access to 28 public services (such as the French employment agency or family allowances fund), in 20 host sites. The impacts measured related to time, gas and toll fee gains, as well as reduced road accidents, CO2 and pollutant emissions.
Principal results : the net discounted socio-economic value is negative. This result shows the importance of understanding uses and accompanying changes in order to achieve the minimum number of users needed to reach a positive net discounted socio-economic value. The second phase of the service will allow for digital access from a PC or smartphone; it is likely that the socio-economic outcome will be improved.

Intelligent fluid management in the Nord department

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Energy, Innovation, Public building, Smart city
  • Local authority

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CITIZING evaluated an intelligent fluid (water, electricity, gas) management system in the Nord department's colleges. Remote metering allowed the system to analyse real time consumption data, and thus optimize heating and leakage detection times. The impacts studied related to diminished gas, water and electricity bills, as well as decreased CO2 emissions.
Principal results: the net discounted socio-economic and financial values are positive; it is collectively desirable to invest in this project.

Intelligent waste management system in Besançon

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Innovation, Smart city, Waste
  • Local authority

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CITIZING evaluated an incentive charging system put into place in Besançon to diminish the amount of waste produced by its residents. Electronic chips were placed in waste bins, waste trucks were equipped with weighing equipment and preventive actions were put into place. The impacts measured related to diminished treatment costs, energy recovery, CO2 emissions, and eco-organism contributions.
Principal results : the net discounted socio-economic value (socio-economic NDV) is positive; the net discounted financial value (financial NDV) is negative. This difference between socio-economic and financial NDV is notable in that it reminds of the importance of socio-economic impact analysis to take into account all externalities. This allows socio-economic impact analysis to promote projects which create collective value and thus justify public investment, even with a negative financial NDV.

Rehabilitation of the Bordeaux Gradignan prison

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Prisons
  • State

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Against a background of custodial overcrowding, building obsolescence and a high recidivism rate, the Ministry of Justice questioned a rehabilitation investment of more than 100 million euros in the Bordeaux Gradignan prison.
CITIZING was sollicited by the Comissariat Général à l'Investissment (Commissariat-General for Investment) to give a second, expert opinion on the socio-economic impact of the project. The initial evaluation having identified the financial costs of the rehabilitation, CITIZING developed the socio-economic benefits model. The impacts measured related to decreased recidivism, litigation costs, CO2 emissions, suicides and increased well-being at work.
Principal results: the rehabilitation of the prison creates more collective value than it destroys, conditional on a constant number of detainees ; the investment is thus collectively desirable.
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Road schemes for the Seine-Maritime departmental council

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance
  • Road transport
  • Local authority

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Elaboration and updating of internal procedure guides.
Procedure training facilitation.
Critical analysis of enquiry dossiers
Analysis note drafting to answer the Road Direction's questions
Creation and updating of sequencing booklets for road operations; planning monitoring

Smart city : gadget or collective value creation?

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Innovation, Smart city
  • Public institution

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Development and application of a socio-economic methodology to five smart city projects, in diverse sectors (mobility, waste, buildings, administration and lighting), heterogeneous territories (rural areas, medium-sized cities, agglomerations and departments) and with various degrees of maturity (ex-ante and ex-post analysis).
Principal results: for four of the five projects projects, the collective value largely exceeds the costs (positive socio-economic NDV), suggesting that these investments are collectively desirable and should be more strongly encouraged. The results suggest that smart city investments represent a new, socio-economically highly profitable field, so long as uses are sufficiently anticipated.
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Parking monitoring center in Strasbourg

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Innovation, Parking, Smart city, Urban mobility
  • Local authority

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CITIZING evaluated a parking monitoring center put into place by the city of Strasbourg to optimize its parking and, by extension, mobility policies. The center uses new data generated by an in-vehicle system, which is merged with existing data. The impacts measured in this study related to improved public health, decreased time spent cruising for parking, noise, CO2 emissions and road accidents, as well as the evolution of parking revenues.
Principal result : the net discount socio-economic value is positive; investment in parking monitoring center is collectively desirable. Two points of caution are underlined: (i) reproducibility of these results to cities unfavorable to walking or cycling, or with low public transportation service levels are unlikely, as the results are based on modal shift hypotheses; (ii) the study does not take into account potential equity effects, which must be detected and anticipated (for example, with cheap parking in the outskirts of the city).

Planning of the west bypass road of Strasbourg - A26/RN42 liaison

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance
  • Motorway concession company, Road transport
  • Private company holding a public service delegation

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Systematic control of administrative dossiers and elaboration of corresponding control reports.
Elaboration of coordination tools: procedural optimization planning, dashboards.
Meeting facilitation to ensure the follow up and coherence of the different interventions throughout the operation.
Accompaniment of the project management with the service instructor.
Regulatory analysis note drafting throughout project development

Metropolitan land use in the Fancazal sector

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance
  • Urban planning
  • Local authority

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Mapping of the environmental and urban procedures needed to implement the operation.
Drafting of a summary presenting, for each procedure, the thresholds and criteria, as well as key steps, warning points and practical advice.
Procedure calendar (administrative and regulatory authorizations) for the operational implementation of the urban project according to the various scenarios.

Improvement of the quality of life in a social housing neighbourhood

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Social housing
  • Private company

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CITIZING was solicited to evaluate the collective value of an investment aiming to increase the asset value and attractiveness of a social housing neighborhood. The impacts measured related to enhanced well-being of tenants and around the school, increased waste sorting and decreased CO2 emissions. A contingent valuation study was carried out to measure the socio-economic value of landscaping work around the school.
Principal result : the investment is socio-economically profitable.

Motorway projects

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance
  • Motorway concession company, Road transport
  • Private company holding a public service delegation

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Elaboration and updating of internal regulatory tools, carried out jointly with Setec Organisation.
Implementation of a hotline service to answer regulatory questions.

Project elaboration training

  • Project elaboration strategy
  • Training
  • Training center

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Organised by the Trainis institute, this two week training on the different forms of public-private partnerships is aimed towards west African decision makers. CITIZING 's intervention was centered around experience sharing and project strategy elaboration with participants. We seeked solutions to make three projects as useful as possible for citizens, attractive for investors, and sustainable for public finances.

Project elaboration training

  • Project elaboration strategy
  • Training
  • Training center

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Spread over three days, these 20 hours of class given with Frederic Marty, researcher at the National Scientific Research Council (CNRS), were given to initial (MUI masters) and continuing (MUES masters) training students. Theoretical, empirical and case-study approaches were used to give a comprehensive vision (trends, economic, legal, financial and accounting viewpoints) of public service management, in France and abroad.

Report on corruption

  • Socio-economic impact studies
  • Corruption
  • International Organization

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The UN-ECE encourages cooperation and promotes sound economic practices. With this in mind, it launched a program aimed at certifying the quality of governance and corruption proofing for countries wishing to do so. CITIZING was the first firm to test this framework and established a list of 45 recommendations for the future certification of eastern European countries. CITIZING was also able to critically analyse the evaluation grid proposed by the UN-ECE.

Capacity-building and pre-feasibility study

  • Project elaboration strategy
  • Infrastructure, Public-private partnership
  • State

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Created less than a year before CITIZING's mission, the PPP unit of Belarus needed to address a lack of experience and technical capacity, large number of stakeholders and increasing amount of projects to carry out. CITIZING worked alongside this young team for more than six months to carry out public-private partnership pre-feasibility studies. The recommendations presented to the inter-ministerial council were followed: while some projects needed to be abandoned, the preparation and tender for the M10 highway project are now taken over by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Development of an investment program

  • Socio-economic impact studies, Project elaboration strategy
  • Infrastructure, Public-private partnership
  • International Organization

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CITIZING was the technical adviser of an EU and UNDP funded mission in Belarus. The objective of this mission was to define a ten year National Plan for infrastructure. Recommendations, stemming from a diagnosis of the territory and factors inhibiting development, were formulated. These recommendation were based on socio-economic criteria.