RISKSUR tools: taking animal health surveillance into the future through interdisciplinary integration of scientific evidence
To enable wide-spread acceptance and adoption of risk-based surveillance approaches by stakeholders it is essential to provide those designing such systems with science-based frameworks guiding them through the systematic process of design and evaluation. The RISKSUR project has addressed this particular need through the development of integrated surveillance system design and evaluation frameworks and associated decision support tools (RISKSUR tools). This paper provides an overview of the RISKSUR tools and presents their application using several disease case studies relevant to EU member states. The RISKSUR tools provide user-friendly access to comprehensive, flexible and state-of-the-art integrated frameworks for animal health surveillance design and evaluation, thereby providing effective guidance during the complex decision making process. The tools will continue to be refined in response to user feedback and new methodological developments. Their availability in the public domain will facilitate access by users and allows widespread integration into training materials.