The collective knowledge and experience about natural hazards and disasters currently exceeds the capacity to address those challenges and resolve related problems. Reducing natural hazard impacts and disaster risk requires better integration of research and practice, as well as strengthened communication and collaboration between researchers and practitioners.
There are many existing efforts to translate research to practice. However, the different demands and professional norms of academia, government agencies, and the private sector hinder integration, communication and collaboration. More dynamic support is needed to innovate and implement evidence-based solutions for natural hazards impact and disaster risk reduction.
The idea of Impact360 Alliance was crafted through a series of interdisciplinary workshops and working groups facilitated between 2013 and 2017. Our formation is due to collaborative efforts of a large network of researchers and practitioners, as well as resources provided by ImpactWX, NOAA, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington.
Impact360 aims to amplify the efforts of professionals and organizations who work to reduce natural hazard impacts and disaster risk. We increase the capacity of researchers and practitioners to solve problems collaboratively and creatively. To do so we promote the integration of knowledge and approaches across relevant disciplines and fields.
By forming a nonprofit organization to serve professionals and organizations that focus on natural hazards and disasters we hope to enable a collective, sustained cycle of knowledge and action that ultimately leads to more effective, scalable solutions.
Do you believe solving problems related to natural hazards and disasters requires researchers and practitioners to collaborate and co-create better? If so, Impact360 Alliance wants to connect with you, whether you are a researcher, practitioner, or both.