Community Engagement is often an afterthought in crisis planning, recovery efforts, and research and has been repeatedly identified as a failure point in major disasters. Creating effective, enduring research partnerships that bring together information scientists, community engaged researchers, disaster management professionals (practitioners) and a wide range of community stakeholders can improve scientific understanding and strengthen community response capacity. Performance improvements in this domain must be based on an increased understanding of how practitioners and impacted communities actually conduct their response, operations, and logistics work, including stakeholder roles, strategies, practices, information usage, constraints, motivations, and environments.
Community Engagement in Research (CEnR) also is complex, resource intensive endeavour that is not as controlled as laboratory based research. This track will engage participants in a discussion of CEnR projects geared toward integrating community, informatics, and disaster management as well as the theoretical and practical problems associated with performing research in this space. Special attention will also be paid to citizen observatory and citizen sensor approaches.
Standard papers track
Possible topics of interest for this track include the following:
- Community/Academic partnerships for disaster planning & response
- Crisis information systems design for underserved & marginalized communities
- Attitudes of practitioners towards using new technologies for crisis management
- Working effectively with civil defense & first responder experts and authorities
- Consideration of human rights in approaches to uncertainty during crisis response operations and the organizations that conduct them (for example, INGOs in humanitarian operations)
- Individual level human crises within the context of broader disaster events
- Visualizing community and neighborhood level data to inform crisis management efforts
- Network centric approaches to optimizing community, responder, and government interactions and coordination
- Healthcare and Public Health systems as a bridge to vulnerable communities during disaster events
- Disaster eHealth