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Building best practice in child-centred disaster risk reduction: Annual project report 2014-2015

TitleBuilding best practice in child-centred disaster risk reduction: Annual project report 2014-2015
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRonan, K, Towers, B, Haynes, K, Alisic, E, Davie, S, Petal, M, Ireland, N, Handmer, J, Johnston, D
Document Number142
Date Published02/11/2015
InstitutionBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Report Number142

This Annual Report summarises progress to date on Building Best Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CC-DRR), with a focus on 2014-2015, but also including the first half of 2014.  The first 1.5 years has included both scoping and review and the initiation of both pilot and main research.  A scoping exercise reviewed progress in theory development and across the CC-DRR policy-practice-research nexus.  In doing so, a parsimonious research narrative emerged intended to build on progress to date but, critically, solve problems and challenges across that nexus.  The narrative has two main parts to it as follows:

  • Are CC-DRR programs effective?
    • Are they stakeholder supported and evidence-based?
    • Do they have practice-based evidence, including support for DRR and resilience outcomes?
    • Do they produce cost effective outcomes?
  • Can CC-DRR programs be implemented effectively, including in sustainable, scaled ways?
    • In practice settings including school- and community-based?
    • In disaster- and emergency management-related policy?

Research to date has included pilot research focused on major stakeholders’ views, including children and youth, households and parents/caregivers, teachers and school personnel, emergency management/DRR professionals.  With an ultimate research focus squarely on reflecting End User needs, particularly those focused on utilization, many consultations and end user workshopping have been successful in defining a stepwise project and utilisation draft roadmap.  A first step is to ascertain whether current CC-DRR-focused disaster resilience education (DRE) programs reflect stakeholder needs and reflect theory and promising, good and best practices through developing a CC-DRR Practice and Evaluation Framework. Through an End User/Project Team co-development process, the Framework is then planned to be used to “co-evaluate” End User agency DRE programs.

Following this “stakeholder-supported, evidence-based practice” step, then DRE programs will be examined for “practice-based evidence”, including child learning outcomes, DRR and resilience outcomes and cost effectiveness outcomes.  Both EBP and PBE steps are couched within an implementation framework, with project research designed to support both policy- and practice-based implementation of CC-DRR/DRE programs.  The diagram on the next page provides a visual overview of this narrative.   Finally, the report documents the various research and related activities that are intended to support this overall program of research.

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