LIAISE Toolbox Update No. 2: Launch of the Alpha Version
The alpha version of the LIAISE Shared Toolbox is now launched! In a joint effort the LIAISE researchers from WP4 have constructed a website which contains databases on
- IA models (from within the LIAISE consortium as well as the IA Tools from IPTS),
- experts (LIAISE experts and their expertise in IA),
- examples of good practice (from IA Tools, the EU COM website and own coding of recent IAs).
The items in the databases are described using common taxonomies: keywords and classifications have been identified or developed, e.g. for impact areas, IA activities, policy areas or policy instruments. This allows a search across the different databases. For example, it is possible to identify all experts, models and good practices for a specific impact area. Or to identify all cases of good practices in which a specific modelling technique has been used.
In addition to the databases, background information has been collected to support IA throughout the whole process. The background information cover the following aspects:
- Impact Areas (EU and Germany): An impact assessment for sustainable development should cover environmental, social and economic impacts. In the guidelines for IA of the EU Commission as well as in Germany, this is further specified, and specific indicators are proposed for the analysis of impacts. In the background information we collected relevant information to support the IA, e.g. relevant policies, data sources, etc.
- Methods for IA: Throughout the process of IA, a wide range of different models can be applied also beyond modelling. For example methods to collect data, to compare options, to consult stakeholders or to present the results of an IA. The FP6 project Sustainability-A-Test collected a large number of different tools to support IA - this was reorganised and integrated in the toolbox.
- Process of IA: In Workpackage 1, country studies have been undertaken in which the requirements for IA in a large number of cases has been studied. The results of this is presented in the Toolbox.
By providing these information to the Toolbox users we aim 1) to provide an attractive website to search for support for IA throughout all phases of the IA process, and 2) to set up a Toolbox that provides services not only to European officers, but also to national policy officers.
The current version is a prototype of the Toolbox. It is meant to test the relevance of the information and the usefulness of its presentation. The prototype will be used to collect feedback from scientists as well as policy makers.