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TAIPI Report Summary

Project ID: 650029
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.2.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - TAIPI (Tools and Actions for Impact Assessment and Policy makers Information)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

TAIPI, Tools and Actions for Impact Assessment and Policy makers Information, is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) supported under the “Policy environment for FET Flagships” topic of the call H2020-FETFLAG-2014.
The general objective of TAIPI is to support and strengthen the FET Flagship Initiative, in particular the two selected Flagships -Human Brain Project Flagship (HBP) and Graphene Flagship- by undertaking “impact assessment” activities and “collecting information need for policy making”.
The general objective is divided into four specific objectives:
• To develop assessment methodologies along with the required toolkits which will be applied respectively to HBP and Graphene Flagships;
• To carry out the impact assessment of both Flagships by applying the specifically developed methodology and tools;
• To collect and provide, on the basis of the above mentioned toolkits, information for policy makers and funding organizations participating to Flagship initiatives;
• To transfer to the Flagships these developed toolkits (turned into “dashboards”), and to enable them to use these tools after the end of this CSA, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project activities.
TAIPI assesses the impacts of HBP and Graphene, enhances the flow of information from the Flagships towards policy makers, relevant stakeholders and wider public, improves the understanding of the impacts of the Flagships on science, technology, economy and society and contributes to create a stable and structured environment for the benefit of the FET Flagships. The environment created by TAIPI will thus benefit to the Flagships, allowing them to concentrate on the fields where they bring the highest added value to their stakeholders while they rely on up-to-date tools, developed by TAIPI, to monitor in real time their impacts.
WP1. Project Management
This first WP covers the overall coordination activities of the project and is linked to all other work packages with particular monitoring activities. The main objective is to allow the implementation of the project activities in terms of quality, timing and efficiency.
WP2. Methodology
The goal of this WP is to develop the methods and tools that will be used for WP3 (impact assessment). In addition to the development of indicators and the identification of the associated data, this work package will also include the development of a web based platform dedicated to the collection and processing of the information.
WP3. Impact Assessment
The global objective of this work package is to perform the impact assessment of the two Flagships, by implementing the methods developed in WP2. The robust methodological main frame and toolkit developed within WP2, will be adapted respectively to HBP and Graphene impact assessment in this WP. The assessments are performed in a collaborative way with both Flagships. The results are then analysed, reviewed, synthetized and communicated to the EC.
WP4. Support to policy making
In WP4, TAIPI will produce recommendations for policy makers related to the Flagship scheme, thus supporting policy making and enhancing the information flow to policy makers.
In addition, TAIPI will support interim evaluation of the Flagships in 2016 by providing evidence-based data to the High Level Evaluation Panel.
WP5. Dissemination and communication
This WP aims at ensuring a continuous communication as well as targeted dissemination of the TAIPI activities and outputs. Information and analytical material prepared under previous work packages will be further disseminated. Additionally, the transfer of the toolkits to the Flagships, after transformation of these toolkits into easy-to-use dashboards, will be performed under close cooperation with the Flagships and the EC.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1. Project Management
The main tasks carried out in WP1 for the present period were:
• Coordination and communication within the consortium;
• Organisation of Steering Committee and Project Management meeting;
• Preparation, diffusion and validation of meeting minutes;
• Monitoring of the project progress, with a particular attention to timely delivery of project’s deliverables and milestones;
• Coordination of deliverables’ validation procedure;
• Submission of deliverables to the European Commission (10 deliverables were submitted: 7 technical and 3 management deliverables);
• Monitoring of consumed person-months against planned person-months in the Grant Agreement Annex I;
• Coordination of the First Periodic Report preparation.
Moreover, during the first months of the project, and in order to allow a successful implementation of the project activities in line with the rules set up by the EC, several management tools were prepared and communicated to the partners.
Within this period, two physical meetings were organised and contact with both flagships and also FLAG-ERA was established to inform them about the actions to be carried out by the partners.
In addition to these actions, the coordinator of the project, Patrick Haouat, participated in several meetings organised by both Flagships and the FLAG-ERA where he represented TAIPI.
WP2. Methodology
During this period, the Flagship assessment methodology was developed and validated with the EC and both Flagships and the coordination of data collection related to the partnering projects was discussed with the FLAG-ERA.
Besides, exchanges have been performed on a regular basis with both Flagships and the FLAG-ERA. Moreover, TAIPI participated to main 2015 events organized by the Flagships or related to Impact Assessment: the Graphene Week, the HBP Summit and an OECD seminar dedicated to “Assessing the Impacts of Public Research Systems”.
WP3. Impact Assessment
This WP will start in the next period (M13 – M24).
WP4. Support to policy making
In order to achieve WP4 objectives several actions have been undertaken during this period.
First of all, a Stakeholder Database was built and stakeholders who could be impacted by the Flagship Projects were identified. This database will be continuously updated in the course of TAIPI project lifetime.
Furthermore, Flagships’ documents were studied and policies relevant for the Flagships were identified. The results were summarised in a paper that provides a better understanding of which policy fields may be impacted by the Flagships.
Appropriate tools for communicating recommendations to policy makers were identified and incorporated in the Dissemination and communication plan and an interview guideline and draft surveys were developed for collecting information needs, as well as current information and interaction flows inside Flagships and from Flagships to policy makers. The surveys were circulated for feedback and comments among project partners, Flagship representatives and the EC.
WP5. Dissemination and communication
For this first period of the project, a dissemination and communication plan and an exploitation strategy were developed. Hereby, the stakeholder identification (done under WP4) was taken into consideration, as it is a basis of the communication strategy.
Moreover, a first version of the TAIPI Data Management Plan was prepared. This plan describes how the research data of TAIPI will be handled during (and beyond) the TAIPI project lifetime. This plan will be updated in the course of the lifetime of TAIPI.
An interactive web platform with Web 2.0 technology was set up. It provides project information as well as information on project activities, background documents and project outputs.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Although the Flagships have already some indicators to monitor their performance and impact, TAIPI will go beyond, and provide a more global impact assessment and information package for policy making.
The approach of TAIPI consists of making sure the sustainability of the undertaken actions through the transfer, to both Flagships, of toolkits developed by our consortium. This will enable the Flagships, once TAIPI actions are completed, to easily collect and analyze the information which is necessary for the monitoring of some activities, their impact assessment and the flow of information to policy makers. The transfer will include the training of the people concerned within the Flagships, on the use of toolkits, and especially of the web-based impact assessment tool.
The project will produce immediate quantifiable project results and longer term impacts in support of the Flagships Graphene and HBP, such as an enhanced flow of information from FET Flagships towards policy makers and the wider public, improved understanding of impacts of FET Flagships on science, technology, economy and society, stable and structured environment for the benefit of the FET Flagships.

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Record Number: 186405 / Last updated on: 2016-07-11