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Disaster Evaluation: Why Use A Comprehensive “Eight-Step Approach”

Merante, Monica Megan (2021) Disaster Evaluation: Why Use A Comprehensive “Eight-Step Approach”. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis focuses on the potential for comprehensive, scientific, public health evaluations to affect policy development by conducting a retrospective literature investigation of studies and evaluations published in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Using Ricci et al.’s Disaster Evaluation Research: A field guide as a model of comprehensive evaluation, 161 articles were winnowed down to 73 that were then reviewed in three ways. The articles were categorized based on time-frame of focus (more or less than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall); and their topic within Ricci et al.’s “List of Emergency Public Health Activities.” To identify the comprehensiveness of the articles, four core components of the “Eight-Step Approach” were highlighted and used as a comparison measure. Ultimately, eight articles met the criteria for comprehensiveness. This exercise demonstrates the lack of comprehensive evaluations following one of the most significant disasters in US history and discusses its effects on policy development and the disaster cycle.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Merante, Monica Meganmmm189@pitt.edummm189
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBear, Todd A.tobst2@pitt.edutobst2
Thesis AdvisorRicci, Edmund M.emricci@pitt.eduemricci
Committee MemberAlbert, Steven M.smalbert@pitt.edusmalbert
Committee MemberBatra Hershey, Tinatbh16@pitt.edutbh16
Date: 27 August 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 23 July 2021
Approval Date: 27 August 2021
Submission Date: 10 August 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 52
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hurricane Katrina, evaluation, disaster evaluation, literature investigation, comprehensive evaluation
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2021 19:54
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 19:54


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