ECHO: Strengthening Cybersecurity

On 25 February 2019 the ECHO pilot project (European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations) was officially launched at the Conference Hall of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium. It is one of four Pilot projects, launched by the European Commission, to establish and operate a Cybersecurity Competence Network. Enquirya…

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GAP: Skills Passport

One of the deliverables of the European Union H2020 funded Gaming for Peace project is a skills passport. This is a complement to the serious game for peacekeepers, allowing them to enhance their soft skills needed in international peacekeeping operations. The aim of the skills passport is to ensure that the game players are afforded…

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GAP: Final Conference

The European Union H2020 funded Gaming for Peace project is at its final stages. It has developed a serious game for peacekeepers, allowing them to enhance their soft skills needed in international peacekeeping operations. On 10 and 11 January 2019, the projects’ final conference was held in Dublin, Ireland. Participants from different countries attended presentations,…

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GAP: Metrics for Soft Skills Measurement

If we look at the approaches to measure soft skills, we can identify a number of approaches. The most common approach has been to rely on a range of More Usually, these surveys consist of questions like “I can work with someone who has different opinions than mine” and are rated with Likert scales. The…

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GAP: Soft Skills Do Matter

In the context of any professional organisation, be it governmental, business or NGO, soft skills are important. The optimal combination of people skills, communication skills and understanding lead to an effective and harmonious interaction. Also, it facilitates a productive, collaborative and healthy work environment. One case in point is the tech giant Google. It has…

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GAP: Lessons Learned from Out-Game Assessment Development

The European Union H2020 funded Gaming for Peace project is at its final stages. It has developed a serious game for peacekeepers, allowing them to enhance their soft skills needed in peacekeeping operations. Part of the game development has been the in-game and out-game assessment.  As Enquirya has been involved in development of the out-game…

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GAP: Impressions from the Helsinki Workshop

The European Union H2020 funded Gaming for Peace project aims at delivering a serious game for peacekeepers. Its core learning objective focuses on soft skills needed in peacekeeping operations. The serious game is now up and running and is been trailed in multiple workshops in several EU member states. One of these events has been…

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GAP: Developing the Trainers Manual

The European Union H2020 funded Gaming for Peace project aims at delivering a serious game for peacekeepers. Its core learning objective focuses on soft skills needed in peacekeeping operations. An important part of the learning environment are the trainers. The game can be played anywhere, both online from home as in an educational setting, with…

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GAP: Developing Out-Game Assessment

The H2020 funded Gaming for Peace-project enters now a more mature stage, where all components that have been created over the past years are tied together into a coherent product, i.e. the serious game for peacekeepers. Key in understanding whether the GAP-application delivers in terms of operational suitability, functionality, content, usability and user experience are…

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GAP: Conference and Call for Papers

On 10 and 11 January 2019, Trinity College will host in Dublin the GAP Conference. This two day event will host demonstrations of the GAP-game, and special events to bring together key personnel of training for peacekeeping, curriculum development, soft skills, assessment, game design and soft skills standardization. Academic/research/policy papers from researchers from academic institutions, international organizations,…

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GAP: interaction between game and content

The Gaming for Peace (GAP)-project, funded by the European Commission H2020 programme, will deliver a serious game, allowing personnel to role-play someone of a different gender or ethnicity or who is part of a different type of organisation. This will lead to greater understanding, better communication and cooperation, and more optimal performance as peace builders.…

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CSDP and the Future European Research Agenda

The Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme defined in 2014 funding for research in the field of conflict prevention and peace building. One of the three projects selected for funding has been the IECEU-project, aimed at researching the effectiveness of military and civilian crisis management operations (CMO’s) implemented within the framework of the European Common…

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Enhancing the effectiveness of CSDP

The Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme defined in 2014 funding for research in the field of conflict prevention and peace building. One of the three projects selected for funding has been the IECEU-project, aimed at researching the effectiveness of military and civilian crisis management operations (CMO’s) implemented within the framework of the European Common…

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Evaluating web-based learning applications

Enquirya’s core expertise is evaluation of policies, procedures and training system in conjunction with the automation of evaluation processes. One of the things we do is to support the evaluation of online learning applications. Our broad experience with designing and implementing user-centric interface design, information security and architecture comes in handy when evaluating these types…

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Interoperability in CSDP – the third state dimension

The analyses of the effectiveness of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) crisis management operations, implemented by the IECEU-project, also researched interoperability through extensive desk research and field research with eight case studies in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, covering 15 CSDP crisis management missions. One aspect that was reviewed was the third state…

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The EU CSDP needs a continent of pooling and sharing

The analyses of the effectiveness of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) – crisis management operations, implemented by the IECEU-project, also researched the current initiatives of pooling and sharing of capabilities (P&S) and how it is perceived at mission level. Firstly, an extensive desk research has been conducted, to uncover what initiatives are ongoing at…

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Enquirya & 2016 Emergency Services Show

Over the past 2 days Enquirya joined CFOA National Resilience (CNR) at their stand at the 2016 Birmingham Emergencies Services Show to give live demos of our evaluation software platform. It has been a great experience and privilege to interact with emergency response chiefs and quality assurers and talking about data driven decision making. We…

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H2020 project Gaming for Peace

On 8 september 2016, Enquirya will be attending the kick off meeting of the GAP project in Dublin. As partner to this project funded by the European Commission under the H2020 programme, we will actively participate in developing a new virtual reality game to train international military and police in peacekeeping skills such as communication, cultural sensitivity…

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Interoperability in CSPD missions and operations

Within the framework of the EU funded IECEU-project  that Enquirya participates in, research and evaluation is done to look at ways to increase the effectiveness of CSDP missions and operations. Over the next months, we will work, along with our consortium partners, on the concept of interoperability in CSDP missions and operations. Interoperability is defined in 2001 by the…

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Pooling and Sharing in CSDP-missions and operations

In the EU funded IECEU-project, the consortium which includes Enquirya, aims to increase the effectiveness of CSDP missions and operations. Over the past months, we worked, along with our consortium partners on defining the state of art of pooling and sharing of resources in the framework of CSDP missions and operations. Part of the work has been…

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EU CPEx Evaluation 2016/2017

At Enquirya we are all very exited about the start of the EUCP Modules Exercise Evaluation 2016/2017. Will be supporting the main contractor, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, with our evaluation technology. The EUCP Modules Exercise Evaluation covers the evaluation of 14 exercises, 5 table top exercises and 9 field exercises across Europe. The evaluation aims…

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Enquirya & Exercise Unified Response

The Enquirya disaster management evaluation software has been used in the UK’s Exercise Unified Response in London, a large scale and complex, live and command post exercise, which was held between 29 February 2016 and 3 March 2016. This exercise represented an ideal opportunity for USAR capability members of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association National Resilience Assurance Team to conduct…

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2015 Barentz Sea Exercise

Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region was launched in 1993 and includes activities in the area of rescue. An Agreement between the Governments in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region on Cooperation within the field of Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response has been developed between Finland, Norway, the Russian Federation and Sweden, was signed on 11 December…

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May 2015: IECEU Project Launch

As of May 2015, the IECEU-project has started, funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and aimed at Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU conflict prevention.  Enquirya is proud to be one of the partners in the multinational consortium, lead by the Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland). The consortium consists of…

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How to evaluate on-site response coordination?

In disaster response, both at national and international level, on-site coordination is key for an effective response. But what makes a good on-site coordination? At Enquirya we have been analyzing both national and international approaches. In the case of international disaster response, there are standards set by the UN for INSARAG-teams. The IEC Checklist (link)…

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NATO 2015 EADRCC consequence management field exercise in Ukraine

NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine will host an international exercise on 21-25 September 2015. The consequence management activities on the ground will be based on a technological disaster scenario which will also affect the civil population and critical infrastructure elements in the exercise area. The…

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What is evaluation about?

As our company develops software to support evaluations, we talk a lot to customers about evaluation and what purpose it serves. Over the years we found out that this varies very much per organization and even between countries. For some evaluation is seen as a threat. I vividly remember one session a couple of years…

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CBRN Integrated Response – an Italian pilot

Recently the EU co-funded project ‘CBRN – Integrated Response Italy’ was finalized. Its main aim was building and testing an integrated CBRN response capability of first responders and law enforcement agencies in Italy, with a view to transfer the approach to other Member States. At the same time it aimed to integrate the lessons learned…

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Welcome to Enquirya’s Blog

Welcome to Enqurya’s blog, a place where we share ideas and insights about technology, governance, quality assurance and evaluation. The blog is as diverse as our company is, reflecting our various interests. Its common denominator is our inquisitive, analytical approach, based on facts and logical reasoning. You are welcome to share your thoughts (as long…

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