Stage 4: Commission and Assessment
Through this stage it is unlikely that a pilot will be terminated however unforeseen results may become apparent with any pilot. The business case should be reviewed to ensure that assumptions made are still valid. The continuous monitoring and assessment of the pilot is an integral element of this stage and any adverse occurrences should be rapidly identified. Response to such situations, particularly those in connection with safety and the environments, must be swiftly implemented and appropriate consideration given to the termination or modification of the pilot.
Checklist 4– Implementation provides a summary of issues that should be considered, addressed and reviewed by the completion of this stage.
If the implementation of the pilot has resulted in adverse impacts at any time through Stage 4 of the pilot consideration should be given to its termination. 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 innovation and assessment requirements stage and it is essential that these are collated and disseminated in accordance with the guidance provided in Stage 5.
If the pilot assessment concludes successfully it will progress to Stage 5.