Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience (DRIVER)

Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience (DRIVER)
Led by Stine Bergersen
May 2014 - May 2018

​​​​The European project DRIVER gathers the expertise of 37 organisations who will jointly develop solutions for improved crisis management over a five year ​period.

There are many types of disasters, both man-made and natural, that crisis management (CM) professionals have to deal with today. DRIVER is a unique multi-national project​​​, working across many sectors, looking to find ways to implement a new approach to improving crisis management in Europe.

The DRIVER project brings together researchers, develop​ers and practitioners from across Europe and focuses on three key areas:

  • Improving civil society resilie​​nce so that local communities are better prepared to respond to, and recover from, a disaster;
  • Strengthening first responders in terms of the crisis management solutions they have available to them;
  • Training and learning solutions designed to enhance the capacities and capabilities of trainers and human resources professionals dealing with those involved in crisis management.

DRIVER is achieving these by estab​​lishing a distributed European test-bed for crisis management capability development with proven evaluation methodologies. DRIVER aims to assess and validate innovative, yet practical, crisis management solutions that work, that have been tried and tested, and above all are used for, and by, emergency practitioners.​​

DRIVER Step #1: Evaluation Framew​​ork

Developing test-bed infrastructure and methodology to test and evaluate novel solutions, during the project and beyond. It provides guidelines on how t​o plan and perform experiments, as well as a framework for evaluation.

​​​Analysing regulatory frameworks and procedures relevant for the implementation of DRIVER-tested solutions including standardisation.

Developing methodology for fostering societal va​​​lues and avoiding negative side effects to society as a whole from crisis management and societal resilience solutions.

DRIVER Step #2: Compiling and evalu​​ating solutions

Strengthening crisis communication and facilitating community engagement and self-organisation.

Evaluating emerging solutions for professi​onal responders with a focus on improving the coordination of the response effort

Benefiting professionals across borders by​ sharing learning solutions, lessons learned and competencies

DRIVER Step #3: Large scale expe​​riments and demonstration

Execution of large-scale exper​iments to integrate and evaluate crisis management solutions.

Demonstrating improvements in enhanced crisis management practices and resilience through the DRIVER experiments.​​​​​​

Research Groups


Report - Other

Bergersen, Stine; & Mareile Kaufmann (2016) DRIVER Deliverable 91.3 Ethical procedures, risks and safeguards, Driving Innovation For Crisis Management For European Resilience (DRIVER). Oslo: PRIO.
Kaufmann, Mareile; & Stine Bergersen (2014) DRIVER Deliverable 93.1 - Identification of opportunities for positive societal impact of CM, Driving Innovation For Crisis Management For European Resilience (DRIVER). Oslo: PRIO.