This Training Module focuses on the broader ethical considerations for conducting research in a disaster setting.
Each CONVERGE Training Module features learning objectives, lesson plans, written content, and case study vignettes. The modules also include a list of publications for further reading as well as access to related standardized scales and measures, online resources, data sets, and other information. Each module is followed by a short multiple choice quiz. Those who receive a score of 80% or higher will receive a CONVERGE Training Module Certificate of Completion and one contact hour of general management training through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) certification program.
Collecting and Sharing Perishable Data
This Training Module focuses on ways to collect and share perishable hazards and disaster data.
Conducting Emotionally Challenging Research
This Training Module describes emotionally challenging research and highlights the ways that recognizing researchers’ emotions can lead to more ethical and methodologically sound research practices in the context of extreme events.
Cultural Competence in Hazards and Disaster Research
This Training Module focuses on culturally competent research and offers guidance on how hazards and disaster researchers can build cultural competence.
Disaster Mental Health
This Training Module focuses on mental health outcomes associated with disasters, with a particular emphasis on risk factors over time that make certain populations vulnerable to poor disaster mental health outcomes.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Procedures and Extreme Events Research
This Training Module introduces users to Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures and offers guidance on how to work with the IRB to ensure ethical extreme events research.
Social Vulnerability and Disasters
This Training Module focuses on social vulnerability to hazards and disasters, with an emphasis on population groups that have been identified in the literature as especially at risk to the adverse effects of extreme events.
Understanding and Ending Gender-Based Violence in Fieldwork
This module describes gender-based violence in the context of field research and provides an in-depth exploration of misconceptions, real life scenarios, and strategies for safe fieldwork practices.
If you are considering requiring or recommending the CONVERGE Training Modules, below are examples from a range of courses of ways that instructors have integrated these modules into their curriculum.
If you are looking for further reading meant to complement the CONVERGE Training Modules, please visit our Annotated Bibliographies page for additional resources.
Continuing Education Credits
Each completed CONVERGE Training Module is worth one contact hour of general management training through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) certification program.
Modules Coming Soon
Over the next two years, additional CONVERGE Training Modules will be developed and released as part of an online credentialing system.
- Public Health Disaster Research
- Reciprocity in Field Research
- Social Science Methods and Approaches for Hazards and Disaster Research
- Interdisciplinary Methods and Approaches for Hazards and Disaster Research
- The Science of Team Science: Forming Interdisciplinary Teams for Hazards and Disaster Research
- Publishing Disaster Data, Data Collection Protocols, and Research Instruments
- Public Disaster Science: Best Practices for Sharing Hazards and Disaster Research
- Ethical Coordination with Locally-Affected Partners in Disaster Zones