ECB Project Case Study - Simulating the worst to prepare the best: a study of humanitarian simulations and their benefits

Report
from Emergency Capacity Building Project
Published on 17 May 2013 View Original

Simulations are being used widely across the humanitarian sector, in a variety of contexts and involving numerous stakeholders. The sector is placing increasing value on simulations as important staff capacity, preparedness and relationship building exercises.

The idea for this case study came during the compilation of the ECB Project Simulation Case Study Playing with reality; the ECB experience using emergency simulations to improve humanitarian response. The background research for this case study revealed that the types of simulations being implemented, and the drivers that dictate their demand, vary significantly depending on the context, the event being simulated and the objective of the simulation. The authors of the first case study saw an opportunity to pull together experience from six major actors involved in implementing simulations in the humanitarian sector.

The ECB Project Case Study: Simulating the worst to prepare the best: a study of humanitarian simulations and their benefits, addresses the questions of ‘What is a simulation and why use them?’ before focusing on six different simulation types to compare, contrast and draw lessons from.