In order to achieve the project´s objectives, the work has been divided into different activities:
- Conduction of an extensive review and mapping existing research, policies and practices in the four domains (social, cultural, environmental, economic) relating to impact assessment of intervention in cultural heritage in Europe via a structured dialogue with the Advisory Board and with a plural and representative selection of stakeholders. This will lead to the identification of gaps and opportunities when designing the cross-sectoral holistic impact assessment model. In a sense it sets the scene for future actions of the social platform, always keeping an eye on the incorporation of future issues as the project unfolds.
- Building on the draft holistic heritage impact assessment model from the previous activity, an in-depth analysis will be undertaken after testing the model in different cultural heritage urban sites, practices and events through a participatory approach. The model will be refined.
- Production of specific outputs for practitioners and policy-making, namely a toolkit for stakeholders comprising best practices, case studies reports, impact assessment model and recommendation on intervention quality standards, and four policy briefs in regards to each domain (social, cultural, environmental, economic) It constitutes a crucial moment of synthesis and combines several methodologies and means of interaction ranging from co-production of documents to participation in face-to-face meetings.
- Development of the project´s social platform and implementation of SoPHIA dissemination and communication strategies. This involves a combination of traditional and innovative modes of communication aiming at generating an efficient communication system and a valuable information flow and publicity about the results of SoPHIA. The social platform builds and reinforces the network of relations and interactions within SoPHIA, identifying and formulating the most urgent topics and issues to be addressed throughout the length of the project and proposes further research initiatives. Therefore, the impact of SoPHIA will be both substantive (research to understand the impact of interventions in cultural heritage and the processes involved in the changes that these interventions may generate) and formal (the process whereby these topics are identified, brought to the table, discussed and agreed upon, as well as how the platform itself addresses its own survival beyond the EC funding initial impulse).
- Implementation of different face-to-face meetings: two main workshops; a stakeholder's conference; at least six local workshops; and a final conference.