Among the various research missions it carries out, the Smart City Institute has been drawing up annual barometers since 2017, based on surveys conducted among Belgian municipalities. Since 2018, the results of these studies have also been refined in order to develop a Walloon version of the report.
“The first two barometers (2017 and 2018) that we carried out at the Institute enabled us to study, over two years, several important points: the way Belgian/Walloon municipalities perceive the Smart City concept; their progress in this field, but also the way they implement – or not – a Smart City approach on their territory (key actors, resources deployed, priority themes, possible obstacles, etc).
Since 2019, our intention has been not only to continue along this path, in order to continue to measure the trend and its evolution, but also to bring a new perspective by studying a specific theme in depth. The 2019 one being: territorial attractiveness.” – Nathalie Crutzen, Academic Director of the Institute.
The objective of the barometer is:
- to provide a reliable quantitative inventory of Smart City dynamics in Belgium and Wallonia;
- to be able to measure the evolution of this dynamic;
- to provide cities and municipalities with relevant information, i.e. information that meets their current priorities, but also that can be used in their reflections and in the definition of their own strategies.
- Walloon Barometer – Smart City to boost the dynamism of our municipalities
- Belgian Barometer – Smart City to boost the dynamism of our municipalities (available in 2020)