The LIAISE Toolbox is the central component of the LIAISE Front office that can be conceived as an operational science-policy interface. Users will find relevant information to support all tasks and processes of Policy Impact Assessment utilising interconnected relational databases: on tools, impact areas, IA practices and experts. Each database will include a standardised description with relevant information for the items. The toolbox will be complemented by a helpdesk to support the use of the toolbox in its different functionalities. Read more...
Shared research agenda
LIAISE stimulates excellent research on all aspects of scientific research to support IA. It is a central product of LIAISE to develop, together with IA practitioners, a rolling research agenda on strategic IA tools and processes. IA on policy making requires interdisciplinary approaches that are problem and user oriented. This requires different evaluation criteria compared to disciplinary and science oriented research. The Shared Research Agenda will provide cutting edge research questions to attract both researchers and funding agencies. The agenda will be fed from scientists of different disciplines and practitioners. Read more.
The LIAISE Network of Excellence publishes a regular newsletter on Impact Assessment called the LIAISE IA Bulletin which adresses scientists, practitioners, policy makers and the interested public alike. The newsletter covers developments in the field of impact assessment and points to new scientific and official publications, conferences and other relevant resources. It is in fact a monthly overview of the most important IA related updates uploaded on the website on a regular basis. Read the former issues of the [LIAISE IA Bulletin] or [Subscribe today].
The LIAISE Network of Excellence has prepared two different libraries on IA which aim to facilitate access to existing research and one shared vocabulary to define the most important terms related to IA: browse the IA case Study Library, the IA Reference Libraries or the IA shared Vocabulary.
The biannual LIAISE Innovation Report provides overview information on the latest developments in IA research to IA researchers, IA practitioners and other interested persons. It synthesizes and analyzes recent research and new publications in the field of Impact Assessment.
LIAISE is developing specific training curricula for users and researchers, and testing them by using the existing networks and training activities of the partners in LIAISE. Training needs and contents of training activities will be developed using input from the Shared Research Agenda. The theoretical and methodological activities for researchers will focus on capacity building at all levels on subjects such as: translating IA problems into researchable questions, development and testing of quantitative tools for IA, operational methods to enhance interdisciplinary research, methods for up- and downscaling, methods for uncertainty and post-model analysis. Read more...
The Ecologic Institute has been commissioned to conduct an ongoing evaluation of LIAISE which will accompany the project over its course. The main focus of the evaluation is to provide timely feedback in order to induce critical reflexions during the course of the project. This enables the project actors to consider and if necessary, undertake adjustments in order to reach long-term project impacts. Read more..