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Accompanying Measure to R&D in statistics


AMRADS accompanies EPROS. It is designed to create the conditions for facilitating technology and know-how transfer within the European Statistical System. It promotes a networked take-up culture as well as actual exploitation of specific R&D statistical products and prototypes. For these purposes, it will undertake baseline user studies and best practice identification and test the outcome through a large kick-off conference involving all IST stakeholders. Further networking and awareness will be built through Working groups and workshops.
At the heart of the project is the creation of a common infrastructure using latest information society technologies, viza.
Training and Software Demonstration Centre (TSDC), a repository of technical documentation in various fields, a website and a helpdesk. Evaluation is central to AMRADS.

The objectives of this project are:
(a) to strengthen the conditions for ensuring that established statistical R&D products, with embedded know-how, reach the "market";
(b) actually to encourage the transfer of identified best practice from centres of excellence to needy National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) within the European Statistical System, with particular emphasis on the needs of Candidate countries;
(c) therefore to set up the physical and virtual common infrastructure to enable (a) and (b) to happen, and
(d) to create the networks for servicing that common infrastructure on a sustainable basis.

AMRADS accompanies the European Plan for Research and Development in Official Statistics (EPROS), CPA 8 in 2000 and CPA4 in 1999.
Benefits will accrue to the making and monitoring of decisions by European governments, European businesses and the European citizen.
The project is a direct follow up of the Communication from the Commission to the Parliament and the Council of the 8 January 2000: "Towards a European Research Area". The Communication stressed how research should be coordinated at the European level, thereby creating networks between national centres of excellence, academia and the private sector. AMRADS aims at the creation of such a Research Area in Official Statistics.

Work description:
At the heart of the project is the common infrastructure of the European Statistical Laboratory (ESL). The primary objective of the ESL is to organise and facilitate the transfer of technology and know-how (TTK) between NSIs. The common infrastructure comprises a Training and Software Demonstration Centre (SODECE), a repository of technical documentation in various fields, a website and a helpdesk. SODECE will impart the long-term sustainability to TTK.
In order to realise the aims of the ESL, there will be two major awareness-building conferences. The first conference, TTK1, is scheduled for month 4 and the second, TTK2, for September 2003. For TTK1, the aim is forward-looking.
Each consortium partner is a recognised centre of excellence on a number of areas, such as Enterprise Demography. In the first 4 months of the project, each partner will form a network that would undertake studies on best practice identification and users' needs on a selection of themes. Based on these studies, reports will be produced for discussion at TTK1.
As an outcome of TTK1, 6 themes will be selected for more intensive investigations through Working Groups (WGs).
These Working groups will come up with proposals on dissemination strategies, training/roadshows to be launched during the project and on servicing the common infrastructure. Between months 11 and 18, Workshops, (with wider participation than the WGs), will be convened to examine these proposals and recommend actions. These actions will be taken mainly through the common infrastructure, through, to a lesser extent, international information days and through concentrations, including project clustering.
There will be peer reviews of deliverables and 6 ex post evaluation studies.
The latter will feed into TTK2, with a view to learning the lessons for the design of support measures in the Sixth Framework Programme. The whole project will be managed by the Management Steering Committee consisting of consortium partners.

Milestone 1. Outline of the common infrastructure (month 4): The outline of a self-sustaining system for networking.
Milestone 2. Kick-off conference (month 4) and definition of 6 Working Groups.
Milestone 3. 1-6 Thematic workshops (months 11-18): Dissemination and training strategies, thematic networks.
Milestone 4. 1-6 Training and dissemination events (months 18-25): Transfer of know-how and skills upgrading.
Milestone 5. 1-3 Concentration events (months 9,18 and 27): Enhanced exploitation, topics for clustering.
Milestone 6. Evaluative conference (month 33): Lessons for FP6.

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