Use for

Real-time evaluation of current experiments; second-order learning.


Innovators have their own assumptions about the value and risks of experiments, but they are often based on accepted truths. Consequently, they do not always accurately estimate public acceptance.

What do you do?

At a first meeting, as evaluator you review a checklist of risks with the innovator. The checklist contains four groups of indicators. The first group concerns the richness, heterogeneity and uncertainties of the action plan. The second group of indicators can be used to identify how the innovator feels about possible opposition. The third group of indicators is intended to assess aspects of the research and the research methodology for the experiment. Finally, the fourth and last group of indicators is used to assess whether the promises made for the innovation are realistic.

For the next step you need to know the views of various stakeholders and how they feel about the new development. You then assign a score from 1 to 5 to each indicator. After several weeks or months, you repeat the session with the innovator.


  • Protee is particularly suitable for experiments that involve risks, for example field trials.
  • The method calls for the use of an external expert evaluator.

More information

Protee on Transport Research and Innovation Portal

Used by

Among others: Ruth McNally, Lancaster University