Stage 4: Commission and Assessment

Strategic Actions associated with this stage. This step signifies the hand over point from the innovation provider to the Agency. This step aims to optimise the overall performance of the innovation through a period of calibration and fine tuning. This stage includes the overall innovation’s commissioning, its calibration and fine tuning and subsequent assessment in accordance with the predefined assessment framework. 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. Typical outputs that might be expected from this stage. Stage 3 Stage 2 Stage 5 Stage 5 Yes No

Strategic Actions

Through this stage the roles and responsibilities of all involved must be clearly defined and understood.

The timing and implementation of any surveys required for the assessment must be planned well in advance ensuring that appropriate conditions can be assured wherever practically possible, for example, avoiding holiday periods or major events.

This is a key stage in ensuring that all that was specified has now been implemented. Robust and detailed testing schedules will have been included within the procurement process.

Check that the maintenance team will be given sufficient handover details from the procurement team. This should include training as appropriate to ensure that the innovation can be effectively maintained and operated.

It is likely during this stage that there will be a closer involvement with the public which will introduce a range of additional potential risks. The consideration of alternative risk scenarios and the development of appropriate contingency plans through this stage will greatly improve responsiveness to these situations should they arise.

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