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Reflections on Implementation Science
- Gopalakrishnan, Chennat, Okada, Norio
- Journal of natural resources policy research 2012 v.4 no.1 pp. 79-88
- business enterprises, disasters, risk management
- This paper provides an original formulation of some of the key issues that we think are central to the effective implementation of integrated disaster risk management (IDRM). We tentatively call this focused effort “implementation science”. We define the term implementation science, in this context as a collective enterprise to develop a systematic body of knowledge (facts, empirical evidence, intuitions, insights, experience) on the causes and consequences of natural and human disasters, to analyse them systematically, and to successfully implement the resulting strategies in the prevention or mitigation of losses due to disasters. With this in view, we have identified and discussed in this paper some key elements of implementation science in the context of disaster management, both natural and man-made, based on a comprehensive review of important research and writing in the disaster management field.