Danielle Varda and Sara Sprong Publish E-book and Toolkit on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Photo of Hurricane Sandy damageAssociate Professor Danielle Varda and Sara Sprong of the Center on Collaborative Governance have been working with RAND on assessing partnerships related to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

They recently released a toolkit titled PRACTIS (Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors), which is also published as a RAND e-book.

Following is the description of the toolkit from RAND:

“Hurricane Sandy highlighted the invaluable role of community-based organizations (CBOs) in disaster recovery. The RAND Corporation, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH); the University of Colorado Denver; and the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted a study of the New York City DOHMH Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response’s Community Resilience and Recovery Planning committee and its partners to show how partnerships help government agencies, and particularly public health entities, support more efficient and effective recovery.

“This toolkit, called Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors (PRACTIS), leverages the lessons learned from that study and translates them into actionable guidance for local health departments (LHDs). The PRACTIS toolkit can be used to strengthen disaster recovery partnerships between LHDs and CBOs in a community.

“The toolkit aims to strengthen community-wide disaster response and recovery by offering LHDs three tools:

  1. a sample survey and steps for fielding the survey to help LHDs identify the key CBOs that contribute to disaster response and recovery
  2. a quality improvement guide and sample quality improvement report to help generate guidance about the strengths and weaknesses of the partnerships between LHDs and CBOs and between CBOs
  3. a tabletop recovery exercise that can be used to improve the relationship between LHDs and CBOs.


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