Once there is a common understanding about what characterises the issue to be assessed and there is agreement upon the problem formulation and upon suitable methods to provide knowledge on the problem, there can be an assessment of whether existing evidence (previous assessments including deliberative initiatives) can provide the foundation the group needs to conclude on the issue.
This should be done in three steps:
- Asking the participants to provide to the secretariat their input about existing assessments, research or deliberative events they are aware of.
- Desk-top research by the secretariat to be presented to the TranSTEP group.
- Review by the TranSTEP group of the existing assessments