AbstractsComputer Science

Self-assessed resilience within municipal governments

by Jonathan Nilsson

Institution: Linköping University
Year: 2015
Keywords: resilience engineering; crisis management; self-assessment; municipal governments; Natural Sciences; Computer and Information Science; Naturvetenskap; Data- och informationsvetenskap; Kognitionsvetenskapliga programmet; Cognitive science programme
Record ID: 1344034
Full text PDF: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115566


Resilience engineering has been used in safety research and development within the aviation and nuclear domain for several years but within crisis management for municipal governments in Sweden it is not commonly applied. Therefore there is little to no knowledge about and competency in resilience engineering within the municipal governments in Sweden. The crisis management system in Sweden put almost all responsibility in an event of crisis on the municipal government in which municipal the crisis occurs. This puts a lot of pressure on relatively small and limited organizations and in an effort to relieve some pressure from these organizations resilience engineering can be used as a method to evaluate and further develop safer and more robust organizations which in turn creates a safer crisis management system in Sweden. To quickly spread the use of resilience engineering among municipal governments, or even a limited amount of it, in an easy way this study attempted to create a self-assessment tool for the municipal governments. The self-assessment tool was developed with the RAG in mind and also drawing inspiration from the NASA TLX. The self-assessment tool was created as a survey and went through a two-stage pilot test before being used. In an attempt to validate the self-assessment survey a traditional RAG was conducted in the form of an interview study. The study used an in between group design, were one group were given the self-assessment survey and another group was interviewed in a semi-structured manner. The data collected were evaluated and compared. The results of this study indicated that with further development the self-assessment survey could be used for practical purposes and the greatest contribution of this study is a new method for measuring resilience using self-assessment.