Not just any Model

The HIGH-TOOL team is developing a free and open source, high-level strategic transport model to assess economic, social and environmental impacts of EU transport policies. The HIGH-TOOL model will facilitate strategic transport policy assessment by the European Commission. The main users of the HIGH-TOOL model will be policy analysts of the European Commission (DG MOVE), who are involved in the impact assessment of transport policies.

Development Stages

The HIGH-TOOL model is introduced successively during the project in order to facilitate the participation of users. Its development has been divided into three stages: prototype, pre-final version and final version.

The prototype version, completed in 2014 fulfilled following objectives: to establish a concrete basis for collecting comments and recommendations from the future users, and to allow the HIGH-TOOL partners to gain experiences in the modular tool development. This prototype is currently being extended by substituting and refining the modelling formulation and by adding further functionalities.

The pre-final version is a Java-based tool, running at NUTS-2 level, and allows the analysis of a wider field of transport policies.

After an extensive testing and validation phase the final model version will be developed. The model evolution process is carried out under the involvement of the future users and is accompanied by a Scientific Advisory Board, made up of distinguished experts that represent model users and model developers.

Policy and Data References

Output indicators of the model are largely based on policy targets of the White Paper 2011, the Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050 and the requirements of the European Commissionís Impact Assessment Guidelines. The HIGH-TOOL model will be calibrated against official statistics, and consistency between the model and the EU Reference Scenario 2013 will be ensured. The HIGH-TOOL database is closely linked to ETISplus.

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Report on the User Interface available

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The deliverable "Design Criteria for the User Interface and Policy Assessment Reports" is now available in the download section.
The report explains the design concept and application of the User Interface and the Policy Assessment Reports of the final version of the HIGH-TOOL model.

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