Research and development in the GRC
Since 2009, the German Red Cross (GRC) has been dealing with processes of social and technical change in a scientific context. On this website we present our research work at the interface to practice. Here you will find all information and materials on ongoing and completed projects, our research publication series (free download) and other publications on our work.
Strengthening resilience through social cohesion
(10.09.2020) Social cohesion increases the resilience of local communities in times of crises and disasters. As part of the research project ResOrt recommendations were developed on how civil protection organizations, welfare associations, neighborhood organizations and local authorities can strengthen social cohesion and community resilience. A collection of best practices and tools has now been put together in a guide book for these organizations. You can download it here (in German).
(26.08.2020) Volume VIII of the series deals with the question how the resilience of local communities and neighbourhoods can be strengthened. The first part introduces key concepts such as the socio-spatial approach in disaster management, community resilience and the role of the local municipal level in German disaster management. Furthermore it takes a look at the presence of local Red Cross chapters in communites and develops ideas for a socio-spatial approach to disaster management.
New research project RESIK starting March 2020
(21.04.2020) Everyday life and disaster management structures must be more closely interlinked, as the KOPHIS and INVOLVE research projects clearly show. The ResOrt project highlights the crucial importance of socio-spatial networking among local disaster management organisations. The new RESIK project focuses on bringing together disaster management and hospital structures. In crises and disasters, hospitals are always of special importance as critical infrastructure, whose function must be maintained even under extreme conditions. The RESIK collaborative project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, develops concepts for effective cooperation between all relevant stakeholders, focusing on the supporting role of aid organisations in the crisis phases " strengthening of hospital structures" and "evacuation and decentralised care of patients".
DRK survey on the refugee aid mission 2015/16
(31.03.2020) In April 2020, the German Red Cross research and civil protection unit will launch an internal DRK online survey on the refugee aid mission 2015/16 in Germany. The survey aims at the experiences made by GRC-volunteers and full-time GRC-employees who worked with new forms of engagement of the German civil society. The results of the survey will serve as the basis for the progression of practice-oriented recommendations. This method of research can be used for successful cooperation in future situations and for the further development of disaster services.
In addition, there will be a list of questions on the achieved experiences in cooperation with different partners of the health sector. These results will be incorporated into the SiKoMi research project.
The survey is part of the WAKE research project (more information on WAKE and the SiKoMi project can be found on this homepage under the tab “Ongoing Projects”). The duration of the survey is estimated to be over a period of six weeks. Upcoming results are expected to be made available in the winter of 2020/21 as part of the Publication series.