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Project Structure

The Project is structured in six Work Packages (WPs), which define the main tasks and purposes of the ISM-KA.


WP1 - Horizon scanning of international security challenges (Lead by DPA)

WP1 will align the Project needs with the extensive knowledge and expertise of the ISM-KA project partners as well as with the direction of travel and outputs, where appropriate, that major research and innovation programmes, such as those of the EC’s FP7 and H2020 are taking, thereby ensuring a full spectrum range of safety and security issues and challenges are considered from day one and throughout the lifecycle of the project and beyond. WP1 will design and put in place a mechanism for Horizon Scanning of the above and a feedback loop by which outputs and findings can be incorporated dynamically into the development of this ISM-KA both throughout the duration of the project as well as beyond. This horizon scanning and feedback loop will be used to direct and update the ISM-KA both at a practical level, such as seen in changes to policy or legislation affecting safety and security and, for wider societal issues such as those seen in the current immigration crisis, UK/EU referendum, climate change or the issues surrounding increased nationalism or other social populist movements.


WP2 - Developing guidelines for education in international security management (Lead by CENTRIC)

The objective of WP2 is to develop guidelines for international security management. The Work Package 2 will be informed by the scanning of WP1 and in close collaboration with all other WPs develop guidelines which will apply directly to the ISM, but also beyond. These guidelines are based on the following five principles:

  1. Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  2. Co-creation
  3. Evidence based management
  4. International perspective
  5. Policy to practice alignment


WP3 - Creating the International Security Management master (Lead by RSM)

WP3 will be responsible for the development of the master program based on the existing expertise within the consortium and the needs and requirements identified in WP1 and WP2. The WP3 will contain two elements: firstly, content design; secondly, content delivery. While the exact content and the teaching methods will follow from the exploratory phase in WP1 and WP2, the general setup will follow established structures of executive master programs. At present, the ISM Master is envisioned as a set of flexible multidisciplinary learning modules. The first task in WP3 is the development of content and materials in the master program. The consortium possesses extensive experience in the development and delivery of courses in the safety and security area. Based on this experience, we identified four areas in which educational needs arise: International Security Systems, Information and Communication Technologies, Public Private Cooperation, Leadership, Change and Organisation. WP3 will be responsible to develop the content for these four areas in the form of course modules in the foundation, advanced and specialization phases including teaching materials, tests and assignments for the various face-to-face and e-learning formats. The second focus of WP3 is the development of appropriate methods for content delivery, i.e., identification and development of the educational methodologies and mechanism most appropriate for the content and target communities. Generally, educational methods will combine classical face-to-face education with e-learning/distance learning techniques. This mixture is often more effective than either classroom learning or online education alone. Further, e-learning facilitates participation of international students as well as the easier combination of the master with job demands. E-learning comprises an extensive array of digitization approaches, components and delivery methods such as blended learning, action learning and MOOCs.


WP4 - Testing & Sustainability: Dissemination & Exploitation (Lead by FORMIT)

The dissemination plan of the project will describe the main actions that will be put in place by all consortium members in order to disseminate and communicate the project activities and outcomes. Moreover, an exploitation planning will be part of the activities of this Work Package. Such actions will be undertaken in coordination with the Executive Committee of the project. The main actions are listed as follow:

  • Design and implementation of a project platform (also considering Security Multilogue integration).
  • Creation of professional group on social networks (i.e. LinkedIn and Twitter).
  • Creation of dissemination materials in all six languages of the partner Organizations involved in the project (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, French).
  • Publication of articles in field reviews and journals, participation to conferences and dedicated presentations to end-users and stakeholders.
  • Organization of a series of meetings.
  • Exploitation planning.


WP5 - Testing and sustainability: Evaluation and Quality Assurance (Lead by RSM)
The aim of the Work Package 5 is collecting feedback from teachers, coaches and participants in the learning and development events, in order to fine-tune or overhaul the design of the learning events. Designated partners will translate the evaluation results into suggested enhancements for the alliance’s educational framework, by making suggestions for redesign to be discussed with the research and business partners who develop and implement the learning events and the supporting online knowledge sharing activities. Test-beds for all developed modules in WP 3 will conducted. This intermediate evaluations will continuously take place from months 12 on and will provide information on the activities carried out during the previous months and the results of these actions. It will include both feedback on past project activities and recommendations regarding future activities. A final evaluation will take place at month 36 and will provide information on the evaluation activity carried out during the whole project and the results of these actions. It will include both feedback on the project activities, with an especial focus on cross-sectoral effects, and recommendations regarding the future sustainability and transfer of the project approach and the mutually beneficial outcomes.


WP6 - Management and Quality Assurance (Lead by RSM)
The overall objective is to ensure the efficient and timely implementation of project activities. In order to achieve this overall objective, this WP will comply with the legal, contractual, reporting and financial requirements of the EU. Furthermore, an effective risk management and contingency strategy will be put in place, to ensure that there is no significant impact on project budget or project outcomes from any unforeseen deviation from plan. The administrative coordination involves the execution of the overall administrative, legal and financial responsibilities. On a day-to-day basis the general animation and coordination of the consortium will be assured through partner communication & coordination and the organization of consortium meetings and advisory board meetings. The coordination unit will coordinate the preparation of all required periodic activity and management reports and project reviews for the EC.
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