Europe already has a wealth of local, regional and national Crisis Management systems that are able to collaborate in varying configurations and with varying degrees of interoperability. DRIVER is not attempting to re-design wholesale all existing Crisis Management capabilities, but is looking to evaluate and validate, and improve upon, those existing capabilities.

To achieve this, the structure of DRIVER consists of a group of Subprojects (SPs), which have their own clearly defined sets of tasks and objectives, covering areas such as:

  • Methodology dimension: Distributed European test-bed
  • Thematic dimension and portfolio of solutions:
    • Civil Society Resilience
    • Strengthened Responders
    • Training and Learning
  • Creating more shared understanding of Crisis Management across Europe: Assessment and Innovation.
SP1 Project Management
SP2 Test-bed
SP3 Civil Society Resilience
SP4 Strengthened responders
SP5 Training and Learning
SP6 Join Experiments & Final Demonstration
SP7 Impact & Engagement
SP8 Assessment & Innovation
Figure: DRIVER project structure

The two Joint Experiments and the Final Demonstration will give added value to these experimentations throughout the project by combining their results and outcomes in two larger Joint Experiments (JE1 and JE2). The overall goal is to enable joint experimentation with solutions from the three different thematic dimensions against the background of a common scenario. The DRIVER platforms do not only provide the physical test facilities to conduct experiments, but also give access to operational experienced personnel and practitioners.

DRIVER’s experimentation activities conclude with a Final Demonstration (FD) that will mostly build on the experimentation activities conducted in the Joint Experiments, with a stronger focus on the dissemination of the DRIVER results to a larger audience.