Research to improve social resilience
Creative Crisis Leadership invites academic and professional scholars to work with us to understand effective grassroots crisis response, and the means of making it happen.
To guide our work, we are looking for answers to questions such as:
What inspires people to rise up and succeed in a crisis?
What individual and situational factors inspire a bystander to take action in a crisis? What skills and mindsets lead to successful collective action and improvised leadership?
What learning methods can prepare people for grassroots crisis response?
What educational techniques promote and reinforce the skills and mindsets of collective action and improvised leadership? What techniques yield effective behaviors years later in a time of uncertainty and stress?
What support do those who take action need?
What common challenges do grassroots crisis response efforts face? What are the most effective ways of overcoming them? How can coaching and support services help grassroots responders to improvise and adapt in their unique situations?
How do we measure outcomes?
How do we measure behavioral change, long-term impact, and complex social interactions? What methods will give us reliable actionable answers in the chaotic and emotionally difficult environments of crisis?
Current research projects
COVID-19 leaders study
When COVID-19 became a pandemic, we immediately knew that grassroots efforts would emerge all over. We interviewed leaders and experts in the thick of it to uncover what emerging spontaneous leaders need to succeed, and how we can support them.
Understanding crisis, collective action, and improvised leadership draws on many scientific fields. We are leading a series of roundtable discussions that bring together diverse groups of researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and share insights.
Hurricane Harvey study
A few days after Hurricane Harvey first struck Texas, we learned of this exceptional case of improvised crisis leadership. Within weeks, we were doing ethnographic interviews in Rockport TX to learn what happened, and why people did what they did.
From our blog
We talked to grassroots leaders in COVID-19 to understand what support would help them. This is what we take away.
At the start of the pandemic, we talked to 11 fascinating individuals about COVID-19 grassroots responses. Here’s what we learned. …
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we set out to learn how we might expand our programs to help those who are helping others. Here is the report! …
Work with us to study the many research questions that surround grassroots crisis response. We have the questions, we have the field opportunities. We need research collaborations to get the answers.
Work with us to develop ways of measuring progress and impact, and collect and understand the data.
We want to change behavior, so we need to know what effects we are having. We need a creative, and rigorous, thinker to help us define outcome metrics and measures, and develop data collection methods for evaluating what people learn from our events as well as the success of our programs.
Case Study Writer
Bring amazing stories of grassroots response efforts to life so others can learn from them.
Occasional or ongoing
Help us write case studies from amazing stories of people stepping up to help their communities cope in crisis. We need writer-analysts to dig deep into interview data, and come up with compelling fact-based narratives.
We need someone to provide logistical support for running research roundtables, especially around managing coordination and communication with participants. We also welcome help with analyzing and reporting results.