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Task 4a: Users’ needs in decision tools

The aim is to determine, based on end-users’ needs, a range of situations (herd type, control measures, etc.) that should be modelled with the tools developed.

We will identify potential French users of the tools based on our epidemiologists’ knowledge of animal health managers involved in disease control. Representative groups of these potential users (one for cattle, one for pig health management) will be selected. Two meetings will be planned to present the existing models and the tools proposed, and to discuss of advantages and limits of such tools, their value for a non academic use, the motivation of health managers to use such tools (in terms of costs), identified needs and their diversity among users. Lastly, a report will be written for each pathogen studied in the project to detail situations of interest to be modelled and expected model outputs.