What we do
We are a collaborative network of social scientists with expertise in the social elements of hazards and disasters. We put disaster science to work by helping communities and organizations prepare for, withstand, and recover from the impacts of disasters through partnered approaches that build on existing strengths while adding value through evidence-based practices.
Research on the social causes and consequences of disasters has flourished in recent decades in ways that transcend academic boundaries. Yet despite these advancements, communities, emergency managers, and policy makers often struggle to access the information they need. We address this disconnect by translating between research and practice.
We provide utilization-focused program evaluations that strengthen organizational resilience and enhance the impact of disaster related services. We specialize in approaches that promote social equity and generate community-based, culturally-responsive solutions.
We conduct cutting-edge empirical studies that advance hazards science. We specialize in qualitative, mixed-methods, and participatory research, and work with our clients from study design and implementation through data analysis and the presentation and application of findings.
We're not just another academic research institution. We are a collaborative network of experts in the human dimensions of disasters who work directly with end-users. We work with a range of stakeholders, from traditional research institutions, to non-profit and philanthropic organizations, to government agencies.
Nnenia Campbell, PhD
Dr. Nnenia Campbell an independent consultant and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center. She currently serves as an internal evaluator on a National Science Foundation Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) project that aims to address the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in STEM disciplines within the hazards and disasters field. She is also Co-PI on an evaluation project that assesses disaster resilience programming among Feeding America food banks throughout the American Midwest. Examples of relevant projects in which Campbell has been involved include an evaluability assessment of approaches to measuring the return on investment for FEMA’s “whole community” engagement activities, a multifaceted evaluation of scientific collaboration and stakeholder engagement processes involving the US Geological Survey’s Tsunami Scenario, and an evaluation of disaster relief and resilience programming among retired senior volunteer programs responding to disasters in Oklahoma and Colorado
Sherri Binder, PhD
Dr. Sherri Brokopp Binder is President of BrokoppBinder Research & Consulting, a research and evaluation consulting firm located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Trained as a community psychologist, Dr. Binder’s work spans the academic, non-profit, and public sectors. Her previous projects have included mixed-method studies of community response and recovery following Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Moore, OK tornadoes, and the 2009 South Pacific tsunami. She has conducted studies and evaluations for several national organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Institutes of Health, and the Society for Community Research and Action. Binder currently serves as Co-PI on a National Science Foundation funded study of the impacts of post-disaster home buyout programs and as PI on a study of local governmental response in housing recovery after Hurricane Harvey.
Jamie Vickery, PhD
Dr. Jamie Vickery is an independent consultant and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Institute of Behavioral Science and the Natural Hazards Center. She has worked on a variety of research and evaluation projects concerning disaster-affected communities, risk perception, and program evaluation. Examples of applicable projects include an assessment of approaches used to measure social returns on investment for FEMA’s “whole community” approach, evaluation support to the USGS Science Application for Risk Reduction team, and evaluation-capacity building for and assessment of STEM education and outreach programs at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Currently, she serves as co-PI for an evaluation of Save the Children’s Building State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Capacities to Protect Children in Emergencies and as a postdoctoral researcher on an NSF-funded project to examine dynamic risk perception and action in response to the Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak throughout north-central Colorado