For its analysis, the project will utilize a broad range of approaches, including literature analysis, best practice analysis, chain analysis, work group discussions, expert discussions, surveys, web consultations, and simulation studies to reach results that serve the objectives. The different approaches are linked to a framework which will guide the analysis and provide the basis for future transparency research. The framework for analysis builds on a ‘layer approach’ that accounts for the complexity in transparency discussions.
The different layers identify different communication needs. One needs to be aware that all layers build on a total chain view reaching from the source of production to the consumer as the final customer. In the organization of transparency schemes, the drivers for the identification of its content are, first, the needs of the ultimate stakeholders (consumers and policy), and secondly, the follow-up needs of enterprises for supporting them in serving markets and dealing with regulatory environments. However, the actual organization of the scheme is being built from the bottom, from raw data to be collected at the source towards the provision of the appropriate signals to stakeholders.
The project builds primarily on the establishment of working groups that are linked to the individual framework layers, deal similarly with the analysis of needs, knowledge, experiences, deficiencies and research challenges in the respective domains and are coordinated and guided by the project partners. The coordination of the working groups and the integration of their results are accomplished through an integration group, organized by the coordinator which builds on the project partners as leaders of the individual working groups and complemented by additional members depending on focus.