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The Trial Guidance Methodology Handbook
The Handbook provides an overview of what you would need to do in order to depict a specific operation and integrate new socio technical solutions within the DRIVER+ Test-bed. The Handbook suits also the curiosity of CM experts working in coordination centres, especially those considering participating in Trial-like activities (e.g. in the execution phase) to understand the potential added value of the DRIVER+ Test-bed.
Volunteers working for disaster relief organizations might also find the Test-bed of particular interest to assess, for instance, a set of promising disaster preparedness tools.
Trial Guidance Methodology
Properly designing your Trial from a methodological perspective is key to find out if and how innovative solutions can help resolving your needs. Before adopting potentially innovative solutions and investing time and money to figure out what fits you best, you may want to assess them in non operational contexts (such as a Trial) through a structured approach. For this purpose, the DRIVER+ project has developed a specific methodology called Trial Guidance Methodology (TGM). The TGM consists of phases (Preparation, Execution, Evaluation) and steps (six-step in the preparation phase) explained in the TGM Handbook. It is not a one-size-fits-all methodology. If you are not interested in assessing solutions in a systematic way, the TGM is probably not the appropriate approach.
The TGM is designed for crisis management (CM) practitioners who have identified one or more gaps or have in mind solutions that can address these gaps. If you are dealing with research and innovation (e.g. you are working in the innovation department of a CM organisation) and would like to test some solutions that can bring potential innovation, the Handbook is the right starting point to get a sense of what a Trial entails. Or perhaps you are a practitioner in the field who has identified a problem and now you are willing to initiate the process of assessing of one or more solutions that can help addressing the problem experienced in daily operations.