Evaluating the Impact of Organizational Partnerships on Community Resilience

Robert-Wood-Johnson-FoundationThe objective of this project is to provide a detailed analysis and measurement of the outcomes of community partnership requirements. New requirements for improving community disaster resilience in CDC- and ASPR-funded public health emergency preparedness programs provide a natural setting in which to test whether partnerships and coalitions increase public health system capacity and potentially improve program outcomes. This project will take advantage of a natural experiment in Los Angeles County, which has decided to pursue the CDC and ASPR preparedness policy mandate with a new focus on community resilience through community partnerships. The coalition brings together the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and multiple community partners in eight communities in the county.  A formal collaborative structure has been established (within the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience or LACCDR project) and has developed principles of collaboration and a set of interventions (resilience tool kit).  The goal of this project is to measure the impact on a community’s resiliency, measured as networks, before and after participation in the preparedness work.

Time-Frame
2013-2015

Funded By
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Preparedness & Response Networks

Project Partners
RAND (Malcolm Williams)