Third co-creation workshop in Genoa

The third co-creation workshop opened the second phase of co-creation for the Genoa pilot. The event titled “AI4publicPolicy Genoa Co-Creation Workshop” was organised by CDG partners on Thursday, 23 February 2023. It took place on the premises of the Genoa Municipality, specifically on the premises of the Local Police Department.

The workshop’s scope was to inform and engage target audiences of technical expertise and decision-making roles with the pilot’s solutions, paying particular attention to the Use Case on the Reduction of road accidents.




Introduction to the workshop:

Presentation of the event’s agenda, and goals of the pilot in correspondence with and needs of the Local Police Department.

Chaired by Rossana Monti and Simona Vallosio of the Local Police Department, Genoa Municipality.

AI4PublicPolicy Solutions:

Overview of the project. Status of the AI-Based tools selected for Genoa’s Pilot site.

Chaired by Alessandra Risso of CDG partner and Maurizio Bernardoni of the Mobility Department, Genoa Municipality.

Interactive session:

Chaired by Sauro Donati of the Mobility Department, Genoa Municipality

Event wrap-up and Conclusions:

Collection of key outcomes from the interactive session and main conclusions.

Chaired by Maurizio Bernardoni of the Mobility Department, Genoa Municipality.



The workshop had 20 participants selected based on their job function and role within Genoa Municipality departments involved in urban security and road accident prevention. The CDG pilot team members and heads of relevant departments jointly determined the selection and contributions. The participants included top management from the Local Police, Mobility, and ICT departments.

Sessions, discussions and outcomes

The workshop followed an open participatory approach and was facilitated by Sauro Donati and Maurizio Bernardoni from the Genoa Municipality Mobility Department, along with the CDG pilot team members. It began with an introduction to the agenda, goals, and the AI4PublicPolicy project, including examples of AI implementation in other municipalities, both Italian and international.

A review of past workshop results was conducted to refresh participants’ memories. The focus of the debate was on Genoa’s pilot solutions regarding the “Reduction of road accidents against vulnerable people” Use Case. A dashboard based on a machine learning model for risk assessment of pedestrian crossings and intervention prioritization was presented. Participants were encouraged to contribute with their questions and considerations.

The workshop had two fundamental goals: to facilitate collaboration among different departments in strategizing and providing integrated services to citizens and to present effective tools for decision-makers to manage urban security policies and prevention efforts. The workshop also evaluated the Policy Explainability demonstrator, showcasing the interaction with the policy dashboard, AI model outcomes, influential factors, and intervention priorities. Positive feedback was received for the approach and presentation.

The co-creation workshop had positive outcomes, particularly in optimizing citizen-facing services and departmental operations through the Policy Development toolkit. Key recommendations emphasized the use of AI techniques to assess danger levels for vulnerable categories and prioritize information and predictive analysis to reduce road accidents. Integrating datasets and data systems within the Municipality infrastructure and external institutions responsible for road accident prevention was identified as a crucial outcome. AI and machine learning approaches in AI4PublicPolicy were acknowledged as effective tools for accomplishing this integration.

Participants emphasized the need for increased citizen participation through educational events and saw the AI4publicPolicy project as an opportunity to engage local actors and improve internal workflows among the Municipality Departments. They expressed willingness to be part of future co-design and validation workshops, receive training on available solutions and tools, and continue building internal synergy for positive governance effects.