RAF – ResiStand Assessment Framework

RAF – ResiStand Assessment Framework

Within the EU funded H2020 project ResiStand, a framework has been developed that allows for an appropriate assessment of standardisation initiatives in the domain of disaster resilience and crisis management to ensure that the efforts invested in the production of standardisation deliverables are justified. To that purpose, the ResiStand Assessment Framework (RAF) assists in assessing a proposed standardisation activity with respect to the expected impact to improved disaster resilience, efficiency and business opportunities. In addition, it supports the investigation of ethical, legal and social aspects on European, Member State and international levels with respect to the implementation of the proposed standard, the foreseen time frame and resources required for establishing the standard, and the organisational and institutional aspects to be considered for the implementation of the proposed standard.

Aim and position of the RAF in the standardisation process

The aim of the RAF is to support organisations/stakeholders involved in formal standardisation in assessing the impact of a possible standardisation project and the feasibility of developing and implementing it in the domain of disaster resilience and crisis management. With the help of the RAF they will be able to systematically map the potential benefits of the standard, to check whether the standard is compliant with essential ethical, legal, social issues, and to consider the organisational conditions under which the standard will be developed and implemented.

It should be noted that the RAF does not replace existing procedures and forms or business plans, which are in place to evaluate standardisation requests. The RAF complements these by providing insight into the impact and feasibility of a standardisation activity at an early stage; a stage in which organisations consider formulating a proposal, thus to submit for example a New Work Item Proposal to a standardisation committee. The RAF is meant as a kind of pre-assessment tool. Apart from insights into the impact and feasibility, it also shows the issues that still need attention. In addition, the RAF could be used to compare various standardisation proposals.

RAF method and tool at a glance

The assessment method consists of several input sections that have been implemented in an Excel prototype tool. The user is supposed to fill in as much information on the proposed standard as is available to him/her in these sections. So, it is not necessary to answer all questions.

Input topics concern general information such as a description of the proposed standardisation activity (the initiators, the objectives of the standard, its scope and its target groups), an overview of the (types of) organisations that will be involved in the development of the proposed standard, related standardisation issues and legislation initiatives, and a check on the consideration of ethical, legal and social issues.

In addition, the potential impact for the various groups of stakeholders is characterised by mapping potential benefits for end-users or practitioners from improved disaster resilience capabilities and savings due to the standard, and by mapping economic benefits (market and business continuity opportunities) and issues like technological progress for industry, SMEs and research organisations.

Finally, information is collected on feasibility by collecting data about the conditions for developing and implementing the standard: foundation, development perspectives, implementation perspectives, considerations of drawbacks.

Based on the user’s input into the RAF tool, it automatically completes the assessment overview, that provides insight into the strong and weak points of the standardisation proposal, or issues that are still unknown. Therefore, this overview offers at an early stage a unique opportunity to investigate which aspects still need to be fulfilled or require adjustments to create a potentially successful standardisation activity.

Further information on the RAF is available in EU H2020 ResiStand Deliverable 1.3.

By Dirk Stolk, senior scientist Safety & Security at TNO