ENISA prepared a good practice guide to assist authorities in Member States to better understand the complexities of exercises and help them prepare local and national ones. This guide was prepared by interviewing experts on exercises throughout the EU and beyond with the aim to identify good practices that were already applied and proved to be effective.
This guide examines these practices by first giving an introduction to the subject of exercises, then reviewing the life-cycle of an exercise (identifying, planning, conducting, and evaluating) systematically. Also, the roles of the involved stakeholders are presented. Throughout the guide, good practices are highlighted for easy identification.
Still, this guide is but an introduction to many of these issues. To help take readers further, this guide also includes references to some additional materials that can help authorities to organize exercises to help take you further.
Beyond the materials, the interviews with experts revealed that there is an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience with exercises from which others can learn. Just as one major benefit of exercises is to build cooperation across the sector, the interviewed experts expressed much interest in cooperation themselves. And for those new to exercises, one of the most effective steps you can take will be to participate with these experts in cooperative efforts across the EU, developing contacts, and asking further questions.