Our Services

Co-Risk Labs provide expert services in:

  • project implementation
  • training and capacity building
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • research services to organizations
  • hazard, vulnerability and risk modeling and analysis
  • post-disaster impact and needs assessment
  • citizen-based science and engagement

We’re particularly excited about how our background working at the intersection of public participation, technology, and design can make projects more inclusive and successful.

Our Projects

Disaster Risk Modeling

Our Task: We develop probabilistic models of hazard and risk in order to quantify expected losses from disaster, or quantity the potential benefits of resilience investments. These tools can be used by international or government institutions to better understand, insure against, mitigate and prepare for future disasters.

Clients: The World Bank, Stanford University Urban Resilience Initiatives.

Services & Skills: Hazard modelling; Vulnerability modelling; Disaster risk modelling and analysis.

Urban Shelter Lessons Learned from Bagdad (2013)

Compilation of lessons from NRC’s urban programmes in Baghdad using methods including the web of institutionalisation and emphasising: early questions about whether an organisation will really add anything useful; modest ambition; curiosity about the place; and thoughtful questioning.

Clients: Norwegian Refugee Council (https://www.nrc.no/)

Our Task:  Compilation of lessons from NRC’s urban programmes in Baghdad using methods including the web of institutionalisation and emphasising: early questions about whether an organisation will really add anything useful; modest ambition; curiosity about the place; and thoughtful questioning. Written by Fiona Kelling and Laura Heykoop, edited by Kate Crawford.

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Key Lessons found: Success resulted from a complicated combination of factors: (i) joining forces with people who knew people, (ii) changing direction when things didn’t work and (iii) good luck and good timing.

Services & Skills: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

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Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)

A comprehensive understanding of damages and needs following disaster is critical to properly plan and implement an effective recovery program. CoRisk Labs has extensive experience documenting and reporting the impacts of disaster on the built environment, the estimated value of damages, the needs for recovery, and developing strategies for a more resilient recovery. Built on previous experiences in Haiti (2010), Nepal (2015) and Vanuatu (2015), we work within the international Post-Disaster Needs Assessment framework to support institutions and governments to gain the best available information as quickly as possible to plan for post-disaster recovery.

Clients: The World Bank / Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (https://www.gfdrr.org/post-disaster-needs-assessments)

Services & Skills: Post-Disaster Impact Assessment; Post-Disaster Recovery Planning; Post-Disaster Housing Recovery.

Project Evaluation – Camp Disaster Preparedness in Western Sahara

Our Task: Evaluation of Oxfam Solidarité’s ECHO funded project to address disaster preparedness and mitigation in Sahrawi camps in the context of sheltering processes at settlement and household level. Using shelter decision trees, the field team illustrated choices faced by householders as they sought to change their shelter situation.

Clients: Oxfam Solidarite (https://www.oxfamsol.be/)

Services & Skills: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

Evaluation Report link here. 

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Key Lessons:

  • To evaluate the impact of technical interventions and training, the programme and construction design decisions must include analysis of why people build in a particular place and in a particular way; who decides; who builds; who pays; who checks on what is being built; and what aesthetic, cultural or structural standards do they check against.
  • Household decision-making follows a different sequence and logic from the shelter programming algorithm in technical guidance.

Open Data for Resilience

Clients: The World Bank / Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (https://www.gfdrr.org/)

Our Task: Our team helped to develop and implement the World Bank’s Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a program that has brought improved risk communication, access to information, and public participation in disaster and climate risk modeling to over 35 countries around the world.

Services & Skills: Design Research; Program management

Understanding Risk Boulder

Clients: City of Boulder

Our Task: We partnered with a team of experts from around Colorado and the United States to organize a two-day event that convenes the talent and expertise of our region’s communities, scientists, technologists, and government to develop shared understanding of the challenges we face in building long-term resilience to natural hazards, the impacts of climate change, and develop innovative solutions to meet them.

Services & Skills: Conference / Workshop Planning; Convening Experts; Event Documentation.

Event Website: https://understandrisk.org/event/understanding-risk-boulder-2015/

Ethical Data Use in Risk Assessment

Clients: UN OCHA &  GovLab

Our Task: Co-Risk Labs collaborated with UN OCHA and the GovLab to facilitate a workshop that brought together over 30 experts in risk modelling to discuss ethical challenges and considerations in disaster risk assessment. Discussion topics included informed consent, community participation, data quality, and risk communication.

Services & Skills: Workshop Planning; Ethics in Disaster Risk Management; Simulation Exercises.

Image Credit: GovLab