The reciprocity of data integration in disaster risk analysis

David Paulus, Kenny Meesters, Gerdien de Vries, Bartel van de Walle

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Humanitarian organizations are increasingly challenged by the amount of data available to drive their decisions. Useful data can come from many sources, exists in different formats, and merging it into a basis for analysis and planning often exceeds organizations’ capacities and resources. At the same time, affected communities’ participation in decision making processes is often hindered by a lack of information and data literacy capacities within the communities. We describe a participatory disaster risk analysis project in the central Philippines where the community and a humanitarian NGO worked towards a joint understanding of disaster risks and coping capacities through data integration and IT-supported analysis. We present findings from workshops, focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews, showing the reciprocal effects of the collaborative work. While the community valued the systematically gathered and structured evidence that supported their own risk perceptions and advocacy efforts, the humanitarian NGO revisited established work practices for data collection for analysis and planning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th ISCRAM Conference
Place of PublicationValencia, Spain
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management - Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 19 May 201922 May 2019


Conference16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Abbreviated titleISCRAM 2019
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  • Reciprocity
  • Resilience
  • Disaster risk analysis
  • Community engagement
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Data integration


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