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Implementing research to support disaster risk reduction


Owen, C and Krusel, N and Bethune, L, Implementing research to support disaster risk reduction, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 35, (3) pp. 54-61. ISSN 1324-1540 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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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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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emergency management, organisational innovation, research utilisation
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
ID Code:140977
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Politics and International Relations
Deposited On:2020-09-17
Last Modified:2021-03-08
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