Evaluation of PreventionWeb and related UNISDR information services for disaster risk reduction

2011-2012; Egypt, Kenya, Panama, Switzerland, Thailand; UNOPS

PreventionWeb (www.preventionweb.net) is the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction’s (UNISDR) knowledge portal ‘serving the information needs of the disaster reduction community’.

Our evaluation combined a technical usability assessment of the website with a broader remit to ‘position’ UNISDR’s strategy to respond to future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) needs and target audiences.  The evaluation was based around a theory of change approach whereby PreventionWeb’s objective to coordinate DRR knowledge and information was placed in the context of a higher order development outcome – the behavioural change expected of UNISDR’s priority audience. We presented the evaluation’s final report to the UNISDR Special Representative to the Secretary General for DRR in Geneva.

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