One of the aims of the MD project is to design a set of processes, enabled in part by new ICTs, which can help to mobilize civil society to construct a socially sustainable future. The process has already been identified, and it is the Dynamic Evaluation. The process, tested on three different case studies, made use of tradition ICT tools. Even if each Evaluation group adopted different tools depending on their needs and contexts, they all relied on ICTs to collect, store and analyze information. Furthermore, ICT tools played the crucial role of communication channels between Dynamic Evaluators and the participants to the projects under evaluation. In order to better assist evaluators in their activities, custom ICT tools have been developed mainly by UNIVE and UNIWARSAW teams: the Archive, the Database, the Clipping and the Storyboard tools. The challenge for the next 18 months is to test new ICT solutions capable of carrying out the three functionalities required by all the three Evaluation groups:
Communication: analyzing and providing “real-time” and ongoing feedback, both to project designers/initiators and to other innovation projects’ affected agents;
Agents/Artifacts/Attribution: mapping agents and artifacts involved in the innovation processes and keeping track of attribution shifts over time;
Narrative: Extracting and sharing narratives in order to collectively build common narratives.
Given these prerequisites, we have identified in a particular family of ICT tool, more specifically the e-deliberation tools, a potential solution capable of satisfying all the three needs.