Research leader

A/Prof Kim Johnston Research Leader

Research team

Prof Maureen Taylor Research Team
Dr Barbara Ryan Research Team

End User representatives

David Webber End-User
Troy Davies End-User
Nicola Moore End-User
Sarah Dean End-User
Matt Pinder End-User
Sioux Campbell End-User

This Tactical Research Fund project will help emergency management agencies better prepare communities for emergencies. The project will test a community engagement framework for emergency preparation that will guide and support community engagement activities that will be conducted by agencies.

The project will develop:

1. An index of the core community competencies for preparedness.

2. A new framework of community engagement for emergency preparation.

3. A method of facilitating implementation and evaluation in a range of community contexts.

4. A prioritised list of household preparedness activities that can be central to community engagement messages.

5. Guidelines for developing networks to facilitate and sustain relationship-based community engagement.

Workshops will be held with project end-users to facilitate implementation of the framework, and ensure knowledge and skills transfer.

The long-term benefits of this project will be a continuous improvement model of community engagement for preparedness, where evaluation is used to improve the approach of each agency for the following year’s preparation.




Year Type Citation
2020 Journal Article Ryan, B., Johnston, K., Taylor, M. & McAndrew, R. Community engagement for disaster preparedness: A systematic literature review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (2020). doi:
2020 Journal Article Johnston, K., Taylor, M. & Ryan, B. Emergency management communication: The paradox of the positive in public communication for preparedness. Public Relations Review 46, (2020).
2020 Journal Article Taylor, M., Ryan, B. & Johnston, K. The missing link in emergency management: evaluating community engagement. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 35, 45-52 (2020).
2020 Report Ryan, B., Johnston, K., Taylor, M. & McAndrew, R. A systematic literature review of effectiveness of community engagement for preparedness techniques. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2020).
2019 Report Johnston, K., Ryan, B. & Taylor, M. Mapping approaches to community engagement for preparedness in Australia - final report. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
2019 Report Taylor, M., Johnston, K. & Ryan, B. Monitoring, evaluation and learning toolkit. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
2019 Report Ryan, B., Johnston, K. & Taylor, M. Community engagement techniques toolkit. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2019).
27 Aug 2019
Map preparedness community engagement approaches by Australian agencies and organisations
31 Aug 2020
Key findings: Building capacity to prepare: A generative model of community engagement for preparedness