We are delighted to share with you the summary of the COST Association’s final assessment of our Action. The review is very positive, with COST concluding that we fully or almost fully met all objectives. This is a great achievement, which would not have been possible without the contributions of many people. Thanks to all contributors to the action.

Summary assessment of outcomes and impacts

"The final assessment of the Action’s work across its lifespan between 2012 to 2016 indicated that all of the objectives stated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were achieved by the end of the Action. The Action had over 130 members from 28 member countries and New Zealand as well as partnerships with research teams and networks in the US, Canada, and countries impacted by disasters such as Palestine, Jordan, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The added value of this international network, which was fueled by numerous conferences, workshops and training schools, has also arisen from opportunities for early career researchers and participants from Inclusiveness Target Countries to benefit from the Action. The collaboration between Action members, non-member researchers, practitioners and policy-makers led to the development of several international standards, guidelines and manuals with respect to disaster bioethics. Some of the training manuals were used during field training of local responders. The wide range of publications of the Action clearly indicated that there was a scholarly discussion of and interest in research in this topic. Engagement of early career researchers and building research capacity through workshops and summer schools also stimulated proposal writing, fundraising and research activities further. Given the high number of qualified Action members and partners, the international network established by the Action holds the potential to be sustainable and continue stimulating its members to develop more proposals and publications in the future. The Action has made clear progress with the deliverables stated in the MoU and all of the deliverables were delivered by the time of the final evaluation. The Action’s publications were considerable in both quantity and quality and there were a number of publications that were published in high impact journals or as publications of top international organizations in public and global health. The ethical guidelines developed by the Action will have a positive impact on how WHO, UNICEF, UNISDR and other organizations, as well as disaster responders respond to future ethical challenges in disasters. Impact on policy making and impact on a new generation of researchers in this field were among the most significant impacts of the Action. The Action’s dissemination and exploitation approach was clear and valid, where the Action targeted various audiences by using a variety of tools for dissemination of new knowledge. The evaluation of how the Action was initially structured, how the network has expanded in time and how it made impact showed that the Action’s overall management was effective. The final review of the Action’s achievements throughout its lifetime indicated that the specific COST grant was spent in an effective and fruitful manner, giving strong promise for continued and sustainable collaboration among Action members and other partners in the future."

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