|Title||Emergency management and policy: research impact and utilisation|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Publisher||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC|
Emergency management is an important and curious sector. Important because of urgency, high stakes and public and political interest; curious because it deals with complex and difficult problems, and it constantly seeks and appreciates improved knowledge. Much discussed over the years has been the need for research to inform policy change (beyond management change), and how such research can be measured in terms of changing the policy settings that define and constrain emergency management. This is a complex matter, and difficult to answer simply.
This paper extends commentary by the author in a keynote address to the CRC/AFAC Research Forum 2012 on the interface of research, policy and politics. Can “policy research” actually change policy and if so how? The paper does not seek to (and nor should it try) answer the question prescriptively, but explores the interface between research, policy, management and politics in four parts:
A summary checklist is presented, to guide research design and communication and to manage expectations. Clarity in this space is important for research design, and for increasing relevance to policy and management.