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Implementing research to support disaster risk reduction

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posted on 2023-05-20, 17:57 authored by Christine Owen, Krusel, N, Bethune, L
One of the challenges facing disaster risk reduction is the gap between research and practice. Despite the considerable investment in publicly funded and commissioned disaster risk reduction research, the application of research findings to operational practice often lags, if implemented at all. This paper addresses the need to understand the antecedents of implementation and identifies activities involved in the research utilisation process. This paper reports on findings that led to the development of a research utilisation maturity matrix that encompasses four levels of maturity being: basic, developing, established and leading. This study involved collaboration and discussion with emergency services practitioners and a conceptual model of the elements needed to support implementation of research was identified. This model suggests that the four elements play key roles in effective implementation. The study gathered information from emergency services practitioners and their stakeholders about the meaning of the research findings and what, if anything, needed to change. The study’s findings can help emergency services personnel assess organisational practices to improve research utilisation within the emergency sector and contribute to greater disaster risk reduction outcomes.

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Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC

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Publication title

The Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Volume

35

Pagination

54-61

ISSN

1324-1540

Department/School

School of Social Sciences

Publisher

Emergency Management Australia

Place of publication

Australia

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Copyright 2020 the authors. This article iis published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence that allows reuse, subject only to the use being non-commercial and to the article being fully attributed (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0)

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  • Open

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Technological and organisational innovation

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