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17 Apr 2018

EPOV Training and Resources Call for Evidence

EPOV Training and Resources Call for Evidence

EU Energy Poverty Observatory Call for Evidence

The EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV) is a unique resource that provides to a varied audience of policy makers, elected officials, frontline practitioners, academics and campaigners, contemporary up-to-date analysis on the problem of energy poverty across Europe and resources to help address it, raise awareness of the problem and enhance knowledge and understanding.

 The Observatory is currently working to identify and collate relevant and existing training and practical guidance materials that are available across EU member states.  After a period of analysis, selection and segmentation, relevant resources will be made available via the portal. To ensure that this can be as comprehensive and outputs as practically useful as possible, the Observatory invites your participation in this short survey (call for evidence).

Purpose of the survey: To collect details and evidence of current training, practical tools and resources which are available across members states to help users to understand the causes, consequences and solutions (practical and policy-based) to energy poverty and to improve domestic energy efficiency. It will also be used assess where current gaps in provision exist.

What training and resources are we interested in? Resources may be available in multiple and multi-media formats, but should be very practical in nature focussing on the ‘how to’ of energy poverty rather than lengthy text-based reports.  Resources might include formal training materials and courses, including e-learning; guidance materials and toolkits; and advice literature for frontline advisors and professionals, elected officials and policy makers, energy industry professionals and households (consumers/members of the public). The materials are likely to cover issues such as the concept of energy poverty, its definition and measurement; manifestations of the issue and associated coping strategies (adopted by households affected); causes and consequences; practice and policy-based solutions; identifying at risk households; tools and programmes to reduce exposure or risk; and tips and advice on how to manage energy in the home and improve energy efficiency (fabric of dwellings and occupant behaviour). 

What resources are we not interested in? The Observatory has collated an extensive database of existing academic and grey literature on the subject of energy poverty, its definition, prevalence and policy and practice-based interventions. It has also produced a repository of information about policies and measures that currently address energy poverty, these might be energy efficiency or other capital measures schemes or social welfare and income support based interventions, for example. This call should not be used to submit these types of resources and publications, these can be submitted directly on the portal.

What will happen next? The resources submitted via this call for evidence (survey) will be reviewed and analysed. This will include a quality review to assess materials for their suitability and applicability before the final selection is grouped thematically (content) and segmented by audience and MS. As well identifying where resources indicate good practice and possible gaps in provision, selected resources will be posted to the Training Materials section of the EPOV portal (direct upload, video or link to host webpage). Drawing on the resources collated through this Call EPOV will develop up to 3 new training and guidance materials intended to promote good practice and meet the identified gaps in provision, and these will be made available on the portal.

Taking part in this Call for Evidence: To continue please click the link below to access the online survey. If possible please try to complete all sections in one session and submit your response before Friday 27th April 2018. This should take approximately 15-30 minutes depending on the number of resources you would like to submit.  If you have any questions about the survey or encounter any technical problems please email nearesearchteam@nea.org.uk

Click here to begin your response: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EPOV-TR

Thank you for your time