Policy Research Dialogue Roundtable

PRDR1 – 28 February 2019

KEY RESULTS

Towards a pan-European trial and validation framework to support a pan-European approach to capability development and innovation management in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Crisis Management

The DRIVER+ project organized its first Policy Research Dialogue Roundtable (PRDR) in Brussels on 28 February 2019. Aiming at fostering a dialogue on how a pan-European approach to capability development and innovation management in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) and Crisis Management (CM) can be supported through a common trial and validation framework, this first PRDR was particularly concerned with collecting thoughts and perspectives on three topics:

  • The development of an innovation eco-system in the field of DRR and CM
  • The improvement of information and results exchange between research projects, practitioner and knowledge networks
  • The introduction of a Pan-European trial and validation framework into the research programming of Horizon Europe

Together with an expert audience involving several EC DGs, international organisations, national civil protection authorities from the Member States and representatives from selected Research & Innovation projects, the discussions led to the following key results.

INNOVATION ECO-SYSTEM IN THE FIELD OF DRR AND CM

How to best facilitate an innovation eco-system in the field of DRR and CM, and the challenges in this respect.

  • An innovation eco-system should be practitioner-driven to ensure:
    – Practical outputs
    – Systematic tests and trials
    – A service-oriented approach
  • European funded projects can result in innovation that not all stakeholders are ready to receive, including the project’s partners. Despite an exploitation agreement, uptake may not be happening. Furthermore, not all consortium partners may be interested in, or are relevant for, facilitating the market uptake or results.
  • There is a temptation to expect big solution from big projects and DDR is a huge area. Manageable outputs and milestones have to be considered to allow a sensible measurement of achievements.
  • Engagement should be multiple-stakeholder-based but the perspectives of practitioners, researchers and end-users on what a “good” result is are very different. There is a need to understand the varied perspectives from the different stakeholders to ensure that a result can be obtained. A co-creation process and involvement of end-users from the very beginning of the project is essential.

INFORMATION AND RESULTS EXCHANGE

What are the requirements for a better information and results exchange between research projects, practitioner and knowledge networks.

  • Requirement 1: Enhancing the current research funding framework
  • Requirement 2: Improving the engagement of national institutions
  • Requirement 3: Better understanding the gaps and needs of the target group
  • Requirement 4: Refining the communication approach

Pan-European trial and validation framework

What are the requirements for introducing a Pan-European trial and validation framework into the research programming of Horizon Europe.

  • Explicit trial and validation methods
  • Definition/adoption of standards
  • Validation requirements