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Managed Service Provider for Evidence Reviews in the context of Water Resources and Flood Risk Management - WT1562

The aim of this overarching project is to appoint experienced suppliers to establish a contract for a Managed Service Provider (MSP) umbrella agreement to conduct a series of Evidence Reviews (ERs). The individual projects in this framework will mainly be within the context of water resources (water availability, supply and quality), although there be others from Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM).

Defra has recently been developing expertise in carrying out Evidence Reviews in the Water evidence programme in partnership with the Joint Water Evidence Group (JWEG). Evidence Reviews can range from Literature Reviews, Quick Scoping Reviews (QSRs), Rapid Evidence Assessments (REAs), to full Systematic Reviews (SRs). We recognise that Evidence Reviews can play an important role in informing policy and practice and in presenting a clear picture of the state and quality of the evidence available on specific issues. This involves taking stock of and reviewing this evidence in a systematic way to answer specific questions, and identifying evidence gaps and further evidence needs. In addition the application of a systematic approach to assessing and reviewing evidence provides assurance for the transparency and objectivity of the results, thus increasing level of acceptance by stakeholders, the scientific community and the public .

We would like to continue to build expertise and capacity around Evidence Reviews as it forms as they will form a key part of the water and floods programmes going forward.

Reports published:

Project 2 - Detection of infectious viruses in bathing waters

Human enteric viruses are the most likely pathogens responsible for waterborne diseases from the aquatic environment. However, there are few well established methods available for their detection. Furthermore, current commonly used methods for detection do not have the ability to differentiate between infective and non-infective viruses. Therefore, there is a need to identify any novel or potential methods that could be used to detect and measure infectious viruses in the aquatic environment.

Project 3 - Surface water flooding, FD2692

Investigations on flooding: evidence review of factors contributing to surface water flooding from Section 19 LLFA reports and other supporting information

Project 4 - Funding mechanisms to deliver water quality improvements

This is a Quick Scoping Review to collate the lessons from a wide range of funding mechanisms to deliver water quality improvements from the UK and overseas and to assess the scope for application of such models to England.

Project 6 - Integrated Planning for Water

This project is a Quick Scoping Review (QSR) of existing evidence designed to answer the primary question of: What is the overall benefit in aligning flood risk and river basin management planning?

Project 8 - Water Efficiency Behaviour Change

This project is a rapid evidence assessment (REA) of existing academic and other literature about behaviour change relating to reducing the demand for water. We know that a number of techniques and approaches have been investigated to try to encourage householders to use less water by water companies and other organisations. The REA will address the question of what behaviour change approaches have been used to reduce household demand for water and how effective are these approaches. In addition the REA will identify what the key evidence gaps remaining in the evidence base are and how best could these be filled

This procurement seeks to establish a contract for a Service Managed Provision (MSP) of a series of evidence reviews in the areas of water availability and quality and flood and coastal erosion risk management.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WT1562 Project 4 Final Report on Funding Mechanisms   (2020k)
• FRP - Final Report : WT1562 project 6-QSR FRM RBP planning alignment Final report   (1793k)
• FRP - Final Report : WT1562 Virus QSR - Final Report   (689k)
• FRP - Final Report : WT1562p8 Water Efficiency and Behaviour Change REA FINAL   (1771k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2018

Cost: £22,430
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Centre For Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Flood Management              
Water Quality              
Water Resources              
Water Supply              
Water Use