Driver+ Objectives and activitiesDRIVER+ is committed to deliver and make sustainable three main things by April 2020: a pan-European Test-Bed for Crisis Management capability development, a Portfolio of Solutions and a shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe. Towards these objectives, several activities are planned from 2017 to 2020.
To develop a pan-European Test-Bed for Crisis Management capability development enabling practitioners to create a space in which stakeholders can collaborate in testing and evaluating new products, tools, processes or organisational solutions.
To develop a Portfolio of Solutions in the form of a database-driven website that aims at documenting all DRIVER+ solutions. These will be tested via trials during the project lifetime. Ultimately, the Portfolio of Solutions will be opened up to any external organisations willing to share data and experiences of solutions
To foster a shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe, through the enhancement of the cooperation framework.
A pan-European Test-Bed for Crisis Management capability development
The DRIVER+ Test-bed is a pan-European arena of virtually connected facilities and crisis labs, aiming at providing the following:
a pragmatic step-by-step guidance to conduct trials
a reference implementation for all DRIVER+ trials
general guidance and technical infrastructure of the Test-bed to support the trials
A demonstration infrastructure
where stakeholders can collaborate in trialling and evaluating new tools, processes or organisational solutions
A Portfolio of Solutions
The DRIVER+ Portfolio of Solutions is a database-driven online catalogue:
Documenting and presenting details on solutions tested and evaluated during the DRIVER+ Trials
Open to third party solutions
Allowing for the introduction of third party solutions already used by practitioners or relevant to Crisis Management
USER EXPERIENCE SHARING
Supporting the sharing of user experiences, and thereby, easing the successful implementation and usage of solutions for other practitioners
DRIVER+ develops a website where the Portfolio of Solutions is available as well as the Guidance Tool that helps the Crisis Management practitioners to design, conduct and assess trials.
Four series of trials will be organised (respectively in Poland, France Austria, The Netherlands). During a trial, solutions will be operationalised and tested. They are based on updated Crisis Management gaps and practitioners needs and will benefit from the DRIVER+ Test-bed component. All the results will be stored made available in the PoS. The main practitioners’ needs addressed are Cross-Border Tasking and Resource Management, High Level Coordination, Volunteer Management and Situation Assessment and Logistics.
INNOVATION FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT (I4CM) EVENTS
Building upon the past two editions of the event, two additional Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) events will be organised in Warsaw and Copenhagen so as to address the Crisis Management practitioners and stakeholders at regional level, therefore providing a relay towards the EU level and complementing initiatives such as the Community of Users. These I4CM event will be a unique local exchange forum on practitioners’ needs and solutions to address pressing regional issues to be solved, identify best practices, foster synergies, and address issues of common interest. Exchanges will focus on needs of practitioners, already available promising solutions to address them and those that are still to be developed. Finally, this kind of events will provide a relay towards the European level and will therefore support the Community of Users initiative.
POLICY-RESEARCH DIALOGUE ROUNDTABLES
In order to strengthen the Policy-Research Dialogue on research and demonstration activities in Crisis Management, and to increase the EU added value of the DRIVER+ trials, three Policy- Research roundtables will be organised in Poland, Denmark and Belgium. Their purpose is to involve policy makers before the trials and final demonstration, to allow exchanges on the potential EU policies to be addressed and the involvement of DG Home, DG ECHO/ ERCC staff members, but also after the events to allow exchanges on the results and potential policy implications.
Towards the end of the project, a final demonstration, organised in Poland and Italy, will showcase the selected solutions and their efficiency and explicitly address the added value the European Commission and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) can bring into play in the particular crisis scenarios addressing these needs. The event will be built upon the results of the trials and the lessons learnt from reference implementations and design validation of the Test-bed and will present the potential of a more integrated high-level CM system in Europe
In 2020, a final conference will be organized in Brussels to communicate on the project final results. Stay tuned, more to come!
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