The TACTIC project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608058. The total budget is €1,321,427.10 with a requested EU contribution of €999,083.52.
TACTIC brings together stakeholders including researchers and practitioners in a Coordination Action allowing direct exchange of experience, knowledge and good practices. This highlights interconnections and gaps that could help leading to a more effective process of assessing community preparedness. Many programmes that aim to increase preparedness already exist. TACTIC aims to draw upon these existing practices in order to link them to specific needs of different actors. Therefore, rather than developing a generic approach to developing tools for increasing preparedness, TACTIC develops a way of assessing communities in order to draw out their needs and develop a methodology for linking existing practices to the different types of needs that might exist in a given community. Moreover, rather than producing a report or another set of guidelines that will only be used by communities after the project has been completed, one of the core aims of TACTIC is to create a publicly accessible and easily usable learning and training platform (including a preparedness self-assessment, communication and education material and practices for increasing preparedness as well as evaluation indicators) that has the potential to improve preparedness in different places in Europe and beyond. This platform is co-produced with various stakeholders in four different case studies. TACTIC thus ensures that the platform developed throughout the project, is relevant and has the potential to be used by the intended audience.
TACTIC is divided into three phases:
During the first phase, TACTIC is concerned with the state-of-the-art and engages predominantly with desk-top research and conducting interviews with experts and scientists. The aim is to identify pathways from risk perception to preparedness and factors that lead to a better understanding of how risk perception affects whether individuals take preparedness actions or not. A workshop will be organised in October 2014 in which central insights will be presented and further discussed with high-level experts from policy-making and science. This phase concludes in project month 8.
The second phase of TACTIC is the most interactive one. A central means to ensure close interaction is the organisation of two workshops with practical case study partners in each of the four case studies. This ensures that TACTIC develops, tests, and validates its self-assessment as well as its preparedness communication and education material and practices in a collaborative and co-productive way.
During the third phase of TACTIC the consortium focuses its efforts on investing time in further consolidating the project’s main output, i.e. the long-term learning framework for a multi-hazard context, to a wide range of hazards including large-scale, cross-border hazards as well as cascading multi-hazards and disasters in a number of potential event scenarios. TACTIC will also produce a final version of the web-based training and self-assessment platform for the framework aiming to present the central outcome of the project (sel-assessment, material, practices, and evaluation of the self-assessment process and its outcomes) by means of a practical and interactive user interface, available in the languages of the case studies.
The following figure depicts the main steps of establishing the long-term learning network as a main outcome from the TACTIC project.
Figure: Long-term learning framework