Research Practice

Applying cross-cultural research methods to COVID-19 research

Economic recovery: Enabling comparative research on COVID-19 - Research agenda-setting paper

The global nature of COVID-19 presents some unprecedented opportunities for cross-cultural research, which can help us to better understand the impacts of culture, public policy and resilience on economic recovery.  Charlotte Brown is part of an international working group, convened through the CONVERGE centre, that has developed a research agenda for economic recovery research.

This short paper outlines the research methods and principles from natural hazard research we can apply to research related to COVID-19, as well as the notable differences and challenges.

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Building a better understanding of metadata and geospatial data

Building a better understanding of metadata and geospatial data

We've uploaded a series of short videos to YouTube to help system users build a better understanding of metdata and how it can build better research practices.

The New Zealand government has committed funding over the next decade to researching our country’s most pressing problems.  The National Science Challenges are cross-disciplinary, mission-led programmes.  The success of these research programmes requires a new knowledge development ethos. Meaningful collaboration across institutions and disciplines requires effective information management. This means supporting processes where data can be captured, safely shared, and managed to ensure quality, appropriate use, and ongoing development.

Together researchers from the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges and the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities National Science Challenges initiated this data literacy programme to provide an easy introduction to the fundamental processes that underpin best-practice collaborative data management.

Please read through our short booklet and watch our videos as you progress your collaborative data management journey!  We would love feedback on the resources, ideas for future videos and guides, and suggested contributions.  Please email [email protected].

Learning new creative strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences

Learning new creative strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences

How much time do we spend ‘perfecting’ a report, or a proposal, or any of our outputs only to find we were answering the wrong question? Or that our solution did not gel with those meant to be served?

Design Thinking offers a new way of approaching problems that can help us to avoid these issues and ensure that our work is making a meaningful difference.  Although often thought of as ‘product’ related, design thinking concepts can be used to aid better practice in education, research and consulting.

Tracy Hatton has just returned from an intensive 4-day boot camp at the Hasso Plattner School of Design at Stanford University.  This program inspires new ways of understanding and tackling challenges with a core focus on ensuring a human centric approach to problem definition and solution ideation.

We are excited to see how some of the concepts might help in building more resilient organisations.

Resilience to nature’s challenges researchers want to make resilience visible

Resilience to nature’s challenges researchers want to make resilience visible

The human brain processes information visually. How can we help people see resilience? Stories. Photos. Displaying layers of data on a map.

The trajectories toolbox has ammased a bank of over 400 indicators that have been used to capture some aspect of resilience to disruption in the complex systems that make up life in New Zealand. Seeing-the-invisbleThese indicators are being matched to available data and will be geocoded in a way that will allow us to see the differences across space and time.

As the saying goes “what gets measured gets done”. When communities are able to set targets and track their progress it motivates action. Researchers, communities, and resilience practitioners will be able to mine existing public data in a resilience context to assess their strengths, weaknesses, assets, and capabilities. The trajectories toolbox will also continue to work across the challenge working with community based co-creation partners and with Government players needing to track progress toward the National Resilience Plan and the Sendai Framework for Action.

Read more about the Resilience to Nature's Challenge Resilience Trajectories Toolbox Project

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