Common Dissemination Booster: A Catalyst for Policy Change

05 Sep 2019

As the Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) initiative approaches its impactful conclusion this year, the dissemination support service for European innovation and research clusters has delivered its first batch of policy briefs that aim to enact a policy change.

Policy briefs provide policy actors or individuals with direct or indirect influence over policy-making with a concise report about why a policy change is needed and how it will affect the stakeholders concerned. 

These policy briefs have been produced specifically under CDB's Service 5: Dissemination Campaign in Practice where Trust-IT's dissemination and policy experts provided support in developing the policy briefs.

Supporting policy change in food safety and climate change

Among the first two policy briefs developed were for the GeLACTO cluster, which is comprised of two research initiatives in the field of lactobacillus, and the BINGO project group which is comprised of projects working in the field of climate change and natural disasters.

The GeLACTO Policy Brief advocates for the adoption of a more comprehensive and accurate lactobacilli taxonomy system based on the research outputs of the GeLACTO cluster that empowers safety and food agencies, encourages better collaboration in food production and drug safety, and supports the development of probiotics as a way to alleviate the incidence of malnutrition. 

The BINGO project group's policy booklet titled "European Strategic Actions in Water and Climate Change Policy Booklet" combines policy recommendations from IMPREX and PLACARD projects. The booklet recommends a two-pronged approach to addressing the climate change and disaster readiness challenges through improving short-term prediction capability and adopting a flexible approach to policy development. 

More policy documents in production

As the CDB moves towards its concluding months, TRUST-IT is expected to support in the delivery of more policy briefs, booklets, and papers on diverse topics.

These policy briefs are expected to provide funding agencies with a set of recommendations to take forward to support timely content to populate future work on EU programme calls as well as influencing, where possible, national digital agendas.