Co-funded by:
7th framework programme of the European Commission, DG MOVE

Structure of the Project

The ASSIST project is planned to last for 24 months. It consists of seven supporting work packages and one management work package (WP8) which are shown in the scheme below. The seven supporting work packages constitute two parallel lines of work of ASSIST, which are connected to jointly carry out a dedicated number of selected tasks. Broadly, the two lines can be described as
(1) the line of desk research (Line A: WP1-WP3), and
(2) the line of model development (Line B: WP4- WP6).
The two lines are linked twofold: first, when future challenges are identified by the desk research it is planned to support the quantitative analysis of future challenges by the modelling line, and second, findings of the two lines will be integrated in the synthesis work package (WP7). Both lines include stakeholder involvement, where appropriate.

Assist-Project Structure

WP1 starts with a scoping of possible transport policy measures (TPM) and defines important terminology that will be agreed at an inception meeting with the EC. WP2 undertakes the in-depth analysis of the social and economic impacts of transport policies. It provides qualitative and quantitative (where possible) assessment of impacts of single measures and aspires to point out important synergetic or antagonistic measures. This work package forms the core of the desk research. WP3 supports the desk research line by identifying potential future challenges as well as by the analysis of their possible influence on the impact of transport policies with/without the occurrence of these challenges. In doing so, it bridges the gap from empirically based analysis in WP2 to modelled or scenario-based prospective analysis. Thus WP3 has links with WP2, feeding back its findings into the assessment of single measures and with WP5 in triggering selected model-based analyses of impacts of future challenges on specific measures. 

WP4 is the starting work package of the modelling line of work. Thus it prepares a draft modelling concept for the inception meeting with the EC and afterwards is responsible for the implementation and calibration of the ASTRA-EC model. After completing half of WP4, interaction starts with WP5, which is responsible for the validation of the model. WP5 will first define a validation approach that is then applied to produce two iterative validation reports that are fed back to WP4 and the EC. WP5 is also responsible for application of ASTRA-EC to quantify impacts of future challenges. WP6 concludes the line of modelling by providing the documentation, the training course for the EC and the transfer of the ASTRA-EC model to the EC.

WP2, WP3 and WP5 provide input to WP7, which synthesizes the Handbook of Social and
Economic Impacts of Sustainable Transport Policy. The handbook lists the social and economic impacts of TPMs on a measure-by-measure base quantitatively (wherever possible), qualitatively and with consideration of synergetic, antagonistic and future adaptive impacts. This Handbook and the ASTRA-EC model will be the major outputs of the ASSIST project. 

In parallel to these technical activities, communication, dissemination and management activities will be taking place. WP2 will organize an expert workshop on impact assessment, WP3 a policy-makers' workshop on future challenges, policy implications and new policies and WP8 a website for the dissemination of results. The management work package (WP8) will ensure day-to-day management and control of milestones. Together with the ASSIST Quality Board and specific quality control tasks within selected WPs, it will ensure the high quality of project results.