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Operationalising Psychosocial Support in Crisis

Objective

Complex emergencies such as earthquakes, flooding, bombings, and the recent massacre in Utøya (Norway) can seriously affect entire populations and rip nations apart, with long-term psychosocial consequences impacting the most vulnerable as well as the helpers for years following the disaster.
A large number of high quality European guidelines and tools for psychosocial support interventions in crisis management already exist and have been developed during the last two decades. OPSIC will build on this work by identifying gaps and assessing best practices and develop a new innovative comprehensive operational guidance system (OGS), which will serve as the operational interface between the existing guidelines and the practical intervention tools and methods. This interface is currently missing and hinders the effective operationalization of and compliance with the guidelines in practice.
Based on new research and analysis of PSS guidelines, best practices and the long-term psychosocial impact of crisis, OPSIC will design and develop an web based comprehensive operational guidance system that will operate as a common shared platform and single point of reference for PSS in crisis management. The OGS will be validated through simulations tests in three countries with crisis managers, first responders, volunteers and possible victims and evaluated according to selected key performance indicators. Subsequently, the OGS will be demonstrated for a governmental end-user and a road map for implementation of the OGS into the end-user protocols will be prepared.
For the development of the guidance system, OPSIC will focus on all four phases of crisis management; prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, and relate these to the following target groups; - crisis managers, intervention forces, first responders, volunteers, victims and indirectly affected community. The expected impact of the project is in accordance with the call to improve psychosocial preparedness of the

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2012-1
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Coordinator

DANSK RODE KORS (DANISH RED CROSS)
Address
Blegdamsvej 27
2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 882 934,28
Administrative Contact
Jon Kristiansen (Mr.)

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 278 573,20
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kurt Habitzel (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 410 712,92
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thom Melissen (Mr.)
Stichting Impact, Landelijk Kennis en Adviescentrum Psychosociale zorg na rampen
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 235 951,60
Address
Nienoord 5
1112 XE Diemen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
A. Osinga (Mr.)
ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 416 236,80
Address
Meibergdreef 15
1105AZ Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Merel-Marijn Sondervan (Ms.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FILOZOFSKI FAKULTET
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 323 200
Address
Ivana Lucica 3
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Edo Junacko (Mr.)
MAGEN DAVID ADOM IN ISRAEL
Israel
EU contribution
€ 204 584
Address
Yigal Alon 60
67062 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Singer (Ms.)
AYUNTAMIENTO DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 146 603,20
Address
Calle Montalban 1
28014 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisa García Bosque (Ms.)
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 114
Address
Via Paolucci De Calboli 5
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emilio Mordini (Prof.)
CROSSING CHANNELS SERVICES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 260 008
Address
Computerweg 24
3542 DR Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Boris Stam (Mr.)
FORSVARSHOGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 172 000
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vag 37
115 93 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Fornstedt Hellberg (Mrs.)