Analysis of Risk Communication Strategies and Approaches with At-Risk Populations to Enhance Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Final Report. Compendium Search Methods

12/01/2008

We focused the compendium search on material that was both widely and readily available (from websites of major national organizations) through a snowball-sampling strategy that began with the identification of government and national organizations whose focus was on public health and emergency preparedness (e.g., American Red Cross), vulnerable populations (e.g., National Organization on Disability), or both (e.g., Disability Preparedness Center). Specifically, team members and other area experts at RAND identified organizations targeting each of these areas. The project team searched each of these organizations’ websites. Additionally, team members followed links from these to other websites one or two “clicks” deep and eligible items were cataloged. If any links led to sites that were themselves rich sources of information, we added those organizations to our existing list of organizations and returned to them later for thorough searches. The list of all organizations included in this compendium, as well as their website addresses, is provided in Appendix B2. Resources that were referenced on websites, but not immediately available electronically (either because no electronic versions were posted or the materials needed to be special ordered) were catalogued but not included in the final compendium. This small number of unavailable resources is discussed below and provided in Appendix B3.

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