DRIVER+ – Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience

DRIVER + is the continuation of DRIVER, and seek to drive the next stage of innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience, and take better into account the needs of Crisis Management practitioners. DRIVER + will deliver a pan-European Test-Bed for Crisis Management capability development, a Portfolio of Solutions (PoS) and promote a shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe.

DRIVER and DRIVER+ starts from the experience that neither successful R&D nor strong end-user demand always lead to innovation in the Crisis Management (CM) domain. This is a problem since as societies become more complex increasing scope and unpredictability of potential crises and faster dynamics of major incidents put increasingly stringent demands on CM. European CM capabilities already constitute a mature System of Systems; hence wholesale redesign would often be too costly and might critically destabilise existing CM capabilities. 

To achieve its overarching objective, DRIVER+ is committed to deliver and make sustainable by April 2020 (end date of the project):
• A pan-European Test-Bed for Crisis Management capability development enabling practitionersto create a space in which stakeholders can collaborate in testing and evaluating new products, tools, processes or organisational solutions.
• A Portfolio of Solutions (PoS) 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 PoS will be opened up to any external organisations willing to share data and experiences of solutions.
• A shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe, through the enhancement of the cooperation framework. This will be achieved, amongst others, by building a dedicated Community of Practice in Crisis Management (CoPCM), closely aligned to and supporting the Community of Users (CoU)  initiative from DG HOME and the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC).

PSCE will be mainly in charge of DRIVER+ Standardisation and Dissemination & Communication activities. 

Standard presentation of the project can be found here.

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