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Program managers are in a strong position to shepherd the development of quick response research. Michaels 39 They can encourage the development and deployment of multi-disciplinary teams. They can also promote bringing together researchers based in the vicinity of the disaster site and those from away. They can foster teams composed of researchers at different career stages. Recommendations The following seven recommendations stem from the consideration of quick response research provided in this paper.

It is exemplified by the rapid assessments that the National Weather Service (NWS) has undertaken for the last 50 years. Teams are dispatched immediately after an extreme weather event to evaluate the performance of the NWS as it relates to the particular event being investigated. This includes assessing the utility of the weather forecasts to the media and individuals (Lerner, 2002). Likewise, the Federal Emergency Management Agency carries out its own research. Routinely it administers surveys on customer satisfaction focusing on questions that the agency wants answered.

NIMH’s Traumatic Stress Research Program recognizes that for many types of mental health studies, such as those that consider service seeking, evaluate outreach or prevention initiatives, and identify high-risk individuals based on early response, it may be critical to undertake rapid assessment (NIMH, 2002). The National Construction Safety Team Act, which became Public Law 107-231 on October 1, 2002, is an example of legislation designed to facilitate analysis for policy, applied policy research intended to be used by decision makers to make programmatic and policy improvements.

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