Applied Research in Action

After completing the Reading for this unit, develop a 15-20 slide PowerPoint presentation that addresses the application of theoretical foundations to current knowledge and practice in emergency management. Select three of the theories listed below and consider how each informs our efforts in homeland security and/or emergency management.

  • Complexity Theory
  • Risk Perception Theory
  • Systems Theory
  • Vulnerability Theory

Apply the three selected theories to existing policies and procedures in emergency management and/or homeland security and analyze recommendations for improvement. Include the following:

  • An overview of each of the selected theories and their relevance to the practice of homeland security and/or emergency management.
  • An application of each of the selected theories to real-world examples of efforts related to homeland security and/or emergency management (such as phases of the EM cycle, counterterrorism efforts, etc.) and the established policies and procedures utilized in those efforts.
  • An analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of the selected efforts within the context of the theories applied and established policies and procedures.
  • Recommendations for the continued application of theoretical foundations to emergency management knowledge, doctrine, and practice.

Be sure to write in a scholarly and objective tone, avoiding the use of first person, personal pronouns, contractions, and colloquial or conversational language. Use citations from scholarly, peer-reviewed sources throughout to support your content and credit sources of information and ideas. 

Note: This assignment requires outside research. Use at least four scholarly, peer-reviewed sources in addition to the Reading material throughout your assignment to support your content and credit sources of information and ideas.

Develop your presentation using bullet points of main ideas on the slides themselves, and use the speaker notes to fully develop the analysis and evaluation component. The speaker notes must be presented in complete sentences. All content — whether on the slides or in the speaker notes — must be properly cited per APA. The use of images or graphics is permitted, but they must be properly cited. Avoid using copyrighted material, such as organizational logos, etc. Select a basic slide design for use throughout the presentation. Maintain a scholarly and objective tone, avoiding the use of first person, personal pronouns, contractions, and colloquial or casual language. Use citations from scholarly, peer-reviewed sources (a minimum of four in addition to the Reading) throughout to support your content and credit sources of information and ideas.