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WP4 - Concept and specifications of App(s) and/or tools

Lead: WIV-ISP; Partners: IRSN, ISGlobal, ISS, experts: V. Chumak, Ph. Pirard, O. Bondarenko)

Task 4.1  Development of guidelines/concept for apps and tools
  • Based on the input of WP 1 and 2, the guidelines/concept for dose measurement apps and tools will be developed. Special attention will be given to data integration and data visualization, to provide quasi real-time feedback to the users.
  • Based on the input of WP1 and 3, the guidelines/concept for health and well-being monitoring apps/tools will be elaborated. Special attention will be given to conceptualize user-friendly tools in order to track people and obtain information from them over longer periods as well as to provide support to the users. As such, data integration will be primordial.
  • Wherever feasible, the system should contribute significantly to the implementation of the BSS requests as far as information of public and to increase effectiveness of the protective actions
  • Further building on Task 4.1, the specifications (including tutorials) for the App(s) or tools will be developed. To this purpose, a workshop will be organized in Brussels by WIV-ISP;
  • Depending on the feasibility as outlined by the previous WP’s, a demonstration/prototype App will be developed for some of the outcomes (feedback, data collection on space-time, diet, stress, health concerns);
Task 4.2 Development of specifications (including tutorials) for the App(s) or tools, or if feasible, development of demonstration/prototype App

Task 4.3 Development of database management plan

A major issue will be the need for support and maintenance of the APP in the future and recommendations will be made for this. The characteristics of the infrastructure for storing and managing the collected data will also be described. Given the vast quantities of sensitive data that will be collected, data storage and protection is a major issue in this project. A Data Management Plan will be developed in WP4.

Task 4.4 Economic evaluation of the proposed approach

An economic evaluation of the proposed approach will be performed. The resulting strategy could be considered as a public health intervention. As know and suggested also by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 1), economic evaluations of public health interventions are to be treated appropriately in terms of determining their cost-effectiveness.  It would be ideal to compare costs and benefits of the proposed approach with the approaches adopted for the Chernobyl and Fukushima events.

As far as costs are concerned, it is quite straightforward to estimate costs of the proposed strategy. They include (but are not limited to): apps development; datasets access needed to use the app; storage of the collected information; citizen training for the use of the apps both for technical issues and for information interpretation to avoid unnecessary anxiety; other costs to be included during the project

Considering benefits will be more challenging. The evaluation will focus on the benefits of: involving the citizen in this process (improves spirit of cooperation and trust between governmental agencies and the public benefit); using “smart” technologies to reach citizens more promptly; using “smart” technologies to overcome language barriers using pictures, videos, etc.; Other benefits that will be identified during the project.

Furthermore, an attempt will also be made to estimate the benefits for different subpopulations, for example different age groups and social classes that might have a different probability of accessing new technologies.