This training supports the role(s) of: Admin Officer, Operations Officer, ReadyChurch
Description of the Training/Service/Product:
This document explores why large-scale disaster relief efforts have remained difficult to coordinate. The type of coordination strategies that arise when managing a disaster can be categorized along two factors: first, the amount of pre-planning performed and adhered to by the entities; and second, the degree of centralization in information flows. Large-scale disaster relief efforts typically integrate many providers that organize themselves in decentralized information networks with little or no pre-planning. The resulting coordination mechanism is characterized as improvisation. While social media tools have recently arisen to help manage such improvisation, they lack the ability to organize structured data (as opposed to unstructured text information) in ways that support the type of collective performance monitoring that is desired.