On Tuesday 02 June 2015 representatives from each of TACTIC’s partner institutions met to participate in the first project review meeting which was held at the Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels. Over the course of the day TACTIC partners presented key successes from the first year of the project, as well as challenges and strategies for moving forward with the REA Project Adviser and an external reviewer.
The primary purpose of the midterm review was to both assess the degree of fulfilment of the project work planned to date, the continued relevance of objectives, the breakthrough potential with respect to scientific potential and expected project impacts, as well as managerial progress. To date, TACTIC has achieved all of its project milestones, submitting deliverables on risk perception and preparedness, short-reports on the first project case study workshops for floods, earthquakes, epidemics and terrorism, foundational reports on the materials for the self-assessment tool, communication and educational practices, and the long-term learning framework. The TACTIC online web platform has been operational since the early months of the project and European Dynamics has been engaging with project and case study partners in an iterative process of shaping the online self-assessment tool to meet end-user needs. TACTIC’s dissemination continues to grow through social media, participation in local and international workshops, and continuing community engagement.
As the TACTIC project embarks on its second year, the diversity of the project’s overall aim of providing a practical tool for assessing preparedness in a multi-hazard, cross-border context continues to be both the greatest source of breakthrough potential and challenge. As the first case study workshops demonstrated, the demand for the self-assessment tool is strong and participants were eager to share their insights and needs. End-users are eager to know, for instance, how the sustainability and ownership of the tool will be managed after the close of the project and the potential for local customization of the platform. Bringing together preparedness for natural hazards, human-induced hazards and epidemics requires harnessing scientific, technical and practical knowledge of hazard risks across a continuum of scales and perspectives. Moving forward, TACTIC partners agreed to continue addressing these challenges with the same collaborative and open-minded spirit that has enabled the successes of the project in its first year. The remaining months of the project will focus particularly on moving from single hazard to multi hazard preparedness; and from single event to cascading effects.
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