The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.
This call for proposals aims at providing financial support to countries in the European Economic Area to carry out applied research work to advance the modernisation of official statistics, in particular accelerating and facilitating the implementation of Trusted Smart Surveys, i.e. the deployment of innovative data collection methods in combination with other relevant source information to produce improved and augmented official statistics.
In particular, this applied research project must develop, implement and demonstrate the concept of Trusted Smart Surveys realising a proof of concept for the complete, end-to-end, data collection process and demonstrating a solution combining the 3 key features of Trusted Smart Surveys namely:
The project unavoidably includes strong technological components as certain digital technologies are essential enablers of the envisioned model (most prominently mobile devices, edge computing and PET, machine learning, etc.).
This will enable deepening the research on non-technological aspects such as behavioural aspects of citizens in engaging and contributing to this new mode of data collection for the public good, building trust across stakeholders, ensuring the quality aspects of the collected data in particular with respect to the effects induced by the use of the technologies and the mitigation of the actual and perceived risks on the privacy of respondents.
The project must hence work out technological, behavioural, legal and communication aspects and propose a coherent model that is able (i) to prospectively engage a large number of participants as active and voluntary contributors in the statistical data collection and (ii) gain wider public acceptance of the development of smart survey in the context of official statistics production also beyond the set of participants
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: