PUBLICATION PROJECT: The Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID) - Benefit Analysis and Stakeholder Assessment
The Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID)
Benefit Analysis and Stakeholder Assessment
Joint follow-on project to ‘Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management – Examples and Best Practices’, JBGIS/UNOOSA 2010
In July 2010, the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER published ‘Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management – Examples and Best Practices’, a compilation of case studies that provides information on what can be done with geoinformation in support of disaster and risk management – methods, systems, applications, experiences. As a next logical step it is planned to provide information on what is the value of geoinformation – an evaluation of benefits. A publication to that end would further help
- to raise awareness in the political and programmatic environment and
- to set priorities in research and development.
Objective: The intention is to produce a publication to give evidence of the economic, humanitarian and organizational benefits which can be realized by applying geoinformation to disaster management, based on analyses of representative cases, and on an expert stakeholder assessment.
Two-fold approach: Two methods will be applied in this project in order to ensure a holistic view on the benefits of geoinformation for disaster management and best possible coverage of the disaster management cycle.
Socio-Economic Benefit Analysis: In a classical Cost-Benefit-Analysis the costs of an investment are compared with the monetary value of societal and economic benefits generated thereby. Whereas the costs of a given geoinformation product can be easily estimated by any geodata or GIS provider, monetizing its societal benefit is more complicated and fuzzy. A Call for Papers will be issued, addressing the scientific community in the field of socio-economic research on disaster management. Contributions shall be based on analyses of real disaster cases rather than on theoretical approaches.
Expert Stakeholder Assessment: A reference set of different geodata product descriptions will be identified and distributed to a group of potential users (practitioners as well as planners and decision-makers, affiliated to public disaster management bodies, international organizations and NGOs), together with a template for product appraisal. This template will specify a list of criteria related to various aspects of benefit. Based on a normalized rating schedule, the experts will evaluate all reference products according to the beneficial impact which can be attributed to their application. The outcome will be a differentiated evaluation of benefits, which can be supplemented by an implementation cost estimate.
A call for papers and for participation in the expert stakeholder assessment will be issued around midyear 2011.