Research design for the observational study of emergency exercises in selected CONFIDENCE countries: Guidelines for researchers

Tanja Perko, Bieke Abelshausen, Catrinel Turcanu, Vasiliki Tafili, Deborah Oughton

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this document is to provide a methodological framework for all task 5.2.3 members in the CONFIDENCE project in order to identify societal uncertainties during and after a nuclear emergency exercise within their respective countries. Nuclear and radiological emergency response exercises are a powerful tool for identification of societal uncertainties. Under the term exercises we understand drills, table top exercises, partial and full-scale exercises as well as field exercises. Non-participatory observation methods will be applied in order to gain insight into the way uncertainties are addressed and handled during emergency exercises, by looking at the information flow and communication between actors, as well as the assumptions and decisions made under emergency exercise conditions. This task will highlight societal or decision-making uncertainties that affected populations, stakeholders and emergency management actors have been faced with during a nuclear or radiological emergency exercise in Greece, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Slovenia and Slovakia (2017-2018), as well as how technical or societal uncertainties are taken into account (or not) by the emergency actors. Final results will be reported in the deliverable D5.4 Report on observational studies of emergency exercises (M24 – January 2019).
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherEC - European Commission
    Number of pages40
    StatePublished - 4 Dec 2017

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