Stage 2: Innovation and Assessment Requirements
After the completion of all three streams within Stage 2, consideration must be given to the overall viability and programming of the pilot. This will balance the estimated costs and impacts of the innovation itself, the assessment framework and the pilot location, identifying alternative procurement routes to ensure these provide flexibility for potential enhancements typically needed in pilots. This will be summarised within the full business case validating the assumptions made to support the continued investment within the pilot.
The extent and depth of this viability review will be appropriate to the scale of the innovation under consideration. The scale of the pilot may require that an OGC Gateway 2 - Procurement Strategy Review may be carried out at the end of this stage. If the review concludes the innovation is viable, it will progress to Stage 3.
Checklist 2 – Innovation and Assessment Requirements provides a summary of issues that should be considered, addressed and reviewed by the completion of this stage.
If an innovation is not considered viable at the completion of Stage 2 the pilot should not be progressed. An exit strategy to provide a smooth completion of the pilot at this stage will need to be developed and implemented. Whatever the reasoning, lessons can be learnt from this requirements stage and it is essential that these are collated and disseminated in accordance with the guidance provided in Stage 5.
If at the completion of Stage 2 the review concludes the innovation is attainable, it will progress to Stage 3.