It will be significantly easier in the future for crisis managers to take important procurement decisions, if the solutions they are considering have been fully tested and evaluated scientifically, and practically by their peers. The DRIVER experimentation test-bed is establishing a better evidence-base to do just this.
Featuring technical capabilities, expertise and experience, the test-bed includes exercise facilities and crisis labs, some connected virtually, allowing the new Crisis Management solutions being developed within the project to be validated in real-life exercise scenarios.
The test-bed consists of five important pillars, covering all of the three project themes
To ensure that all the experiments in the project are conducted in a structured and robust way, a simple and clearly laid-out methodology for the process was established at the outset. This six-step approach, followed rigorously by the partners, has ensured a consistency of experimentation resulting in scientifically valid results.
The test-bed has always been seen as an iterative process. As the various experiments are carried out, any new results or findings are fed into the development programme for the two major, multi-national and multi-agency Joint Experiments in 2017. One of these will use a flooding scenario, while the other uses a severe heat wave, and both scenarios have cross-border impacts. These scenarios have been selected, as they are representative of the disasters we are increasingly facing today and provide excellent opportunities to test the DRIVER ‘Portfolio of Solutions’.
A Final Demonstration in 2018 will be the culmination of the project and will bring this Portfolio of Solutions to a wide audience of crisis managers and other stakeholders across Europe at a major exercise and conference.