The NIST Engineering Laboratory recently launched the Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and Best Practices publication series. This publication series is targeted towards best practices for collection of qualitative and quantitative data in studies of disasters, failures, and community resilience, these data collection instruments, protocols, and guidance documents are based on extensive experience of NIST researchers across disciplines. The first two DCI publications present studies of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) resilience and recovery. These DCI Special Publications are meant to provide details that can be replicated in future field and survey studies.
NIST-NOAA Survey Instrument for Business Disruption and Recovery Associated with Extreme Events: General Instrument Applied to the Greater Charleston, SC Small- and Medium-Sized Business Community Post-Hurricane Irma
This DCI presents a survey instrument and protocol in a mixed-method research approach to study businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Irma in 2017 and their long-term recovery process. The research was conducted in partnership between the NIST Applied Economics Office (AEO) and a place-based, interdisciplinary regional research team via the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program.
Eliciting Lessons from Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) for Natural Disaster Resilience Planning and Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: SME Complex Event Resilience
This DCI presents a mixed-method research approach to study the impact of COVID-19 on Small- and Medium-sizes Enterprises (SMEs) and a subset thereof which had experienced a natural disaster pre- or during the COVID-19 transmission period. The presented survey was conducted online and combines quantitative and qualitative questions to document (1) the novel resilience-based mitigation actions employed during the COVID-19 pandemic by SMEs, (2) challenges in implementing resilience-based mitigation actions, (3) use of past strategies and approaches to provide assistance to the current situation, and (4) planned resilience actions and strategies.