How to add a sound practice
Tip: Once you have used the "Add Sound Practice" form to create a new wiki article for your sound practice, you can cut and paste the template into the blank wiki page and follow the outline for creating a new Sound Practice
| 1 Overview |
1.2 Briefly summarise the main points of the SP
2 Significant Background Information
2.1 The history of the problem
2.2 Significance of SP in terms of city's risk and hazard issues
2.3 similiar attempts at remediation
3 SP Details
3.1 Identify which SP category/ies
3.2 Identify the sponsor/s
3.3 Identify the key players and their roles
3.4 Identify the target groups/recipients
3.5 Identify the location/s within which the SP is being undertaken
3.6 Identify the resources required to develop the SP and to maintain it
3.7 Identify the start and completion dates
4 Relevance to Megacities
4.1 How does this SP meet the Principles for Sound Practices in a Megacity?
5 Supporting Documentation
First Step: Add a new Sound Practice using the Add Sound Practice Form
Add Sound Practice Name
Enter the name of the Sound Practice you would like to create a new profile for Tip:If you have entered a sound practice already and you would like to change the information you can just re-enter the name of the sound practice here and you can overwrite the information
- Note: Remember in order to retrieve a sound practice that has already been entered, you need to re-enter that sound practice word for word in order for the file to appear.
To Which City Does This Belong
Enter the city location of the sound practice entered
To Which Primary Category Does this sound practice belong?
Enter the category in which your sound practice may be identified
Important - Please choose only ONE primary category
Tip: Categories may include the following; emergency response, technical, community awareness, organizational-managerial, instructional, political, regulatory, land-use management, planning
To which other categories does this Sound Practice belong?
Enter any secondary categories your Sound Practice may be associated with.
Please provide a short description
Write a brief one or two sentences summarizing the main point of Sound Practice. For example, a Sound Practice about increasing storm water drainage capacity of the Mithi River in Mumbai may have the following as a description: This Sound Practice pertains to the widening and deepening of the Mithi river and other city drains in a scientific and well planned manner.
Second Step: Write up the “Sound Practice” using the template
This template is designed to ensure a uniform approach to writing up material pertaining to Sound Practices (SPs). This template is an aid to help make certain the Sound Practice is written in a way that briefly summarizes the main objectives and results of the Sound Practice.
It should NOT contain incomplete sentences for each section. Do NOT simply write "yes/no" to answer the questions in each section. Instead, use the questions proposed by the template as a guide in writing a full, complete story or brief about the Sound Practice.
The SP should strive to exhibit the following qualities:
- Systematic: (the sound practice should be characterized by order or planning; in a step-by step procedure)
- Contains Relevant Details: (the sound practice should identify sponsors, resources, key players, recepients and start and completion dates).
- Explained in a way that readers with no technical background or history can cleary understand the Sound Practice uploaded
Give the Sound Practice a TITLE
'The Sound Practice title should give the reader a clear understanding of the content contained in the document.
- (e.g. Achieving Fire Safety in the City of Makati)
Titles should NOT be a string of keywords, should be properly capitalized, and shouldn't have unnecessary punctuation marks or symbols.
Below is an example of a bad title because it contains a string of words and unnecessary punctuation:
- (e.g.Fire Safety, 2009, Fire Safety in the City of Makati, Review)
Briefly SUMMARISE the main points of the SP
This section of the Sound Practice should seek to: (1) state the problem (2) say why it is interesting (3) state what your Sound Practice solution achieves (4) say what follows from the solution stated in the Sound Practice written.
Tip: Follow this checklist of questions to answer to ensure that your Sound Practice meets quality standards:
- What does it reduce?
- What has been done in the past to correct the situation?
- What projects are currently in progress to mitigate the natural hazard in the region?
- When did the project take place and when did it end?
- What are the key features of this Sound Practice?
Significant Background Information
Give a brief statement (2-3 paragraphs) of the issues pertaining to:
- The HISTORY of the problem (describe the natural hazard in relation to its impact on the area, people and organizational structure of a city)
- SIGNIFICANCE of the problem in terms of the city’s hazardscape issues
- SIMILAR ATTEMPTS at remediation (If there has been any efforts in the past to correct and improve the problem affecting the city's hazardscape; identify those efforts by briefly stating their goals, outcomes, key players and resources)
Identify which SP CATEGORY/IES the activity fits within
Write a few sentences identifying which category the Sound Practice falls, and reasons it is related to that specific category. For example, if the Istanbul Earthquake Master Plan can be identified as legal, political, planning and techinical the author of the Sound Practice should explain the reasons it is associated with those categories.
Suggested Sound Practice Categories:
- Land-use Management
- Community Awareness
Identify the SPONSOR/S
Identify the sponsors involved in the process of creating and implementing the Sound Practice. For example, An Earthquake Master Plan for Istanbul included:(e.g. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality took the lead and signed MOCs and specific contracts with a consortium involving four leading universities which set up several working groups consisting of expert faculty members guiding an important number of young researchers and students)
Identify the KEY PLAYERS and their ROLES
Identify the Key Players and their roles in the creation and execution of the Sound Practice. Details should include when Key Players became involved, if they departed prior to the completion of the project and why, and any new partners that came in during the process of implementation.
Tip: Identify what resources/benefits Key Players brought to the efforts of the Sound Practice. What kind of process brought certain Key Players into the stakeholder agreement? (e.g. contracts, policies, research)
Identify the TARGET GROUPS/RECIPIENTS
Name the groups within a society that will benefit from this Sound Practice. For example, a Sound Practice about achieving fire safety in the city of Makati may identify recepients of this Sound Practice as "all buildings in the City of Makati, their Fire Brigade Members and Property developers and building owner/s".
Identify the LOCATION/S within which the SP is being undertaken
Name and describe the location in which the Sound Practice is practiced. Desribe any land or climate features that may influence the Sound Practice and its relation to the location. For example, An Earthquake Master Plan for Istanbul may consider the greater Istanbul area for the location in which the Sound Practice is undertaken (e.g.The strategic plans and action plans incorporated consider the whole greater Istanbul but also set priorities for specific districts depending on their level of vulnerability, availability of resources and cost effectiveness of the intervention. As a test project some applications started in Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul city. We checked the buildings and identified the scores of buildings that were damaged as a result of the earthquake. Some urban transformation projects are also developed in the area.)
Identify the RESOURCES
Name the resrouces required to (1) DEVELOP the SP and (2) to MAINTAIN the Sound Practice. For example, An Earthquake Master Plan for Istanbul will clearly define the financial resources, laws, policies and technology their holistic strategy may require in order to implement the Sound Practice.
(e.g. The availability of resources, both human and financial, are key for the successful implementation of EMPI, the following issues need to be addressed in order to calculate for enough resources to maintain this program over time. The popular and political support for the Master Plan will be facilitated through close cooperation with NGOs, the media, and the economic sector. Each project work package contains a particular risk management item that must be implemented. For purposes of ensuring implementation each project package must have a clearly identified stakeholder party, or a legally responsible partner. In turn this calls for suitable administrative restructuring and procedures. The process of ensuring resource creation and domestic or international financial support for the Contingency Plan and the Action Plan must be initiated without delay. A separate but parallel road map must be elaborated immediately because new legal instruments should be formulated to overcome legislative or procedural obstacles, enforcement incapacity, and lack of standards or penalties if the Master Plan is to be realized. A wide range of technical research activities should be undertaken to support the project packages for the Contingency Plan and the Action Plan. These will gather information, create new databases or operate existing ones.)
Identify the START and COMPLETION DATES
Write a few sentences identifying the start and completion dates of the Sound Practice. If a specific date is unknown give an estimate of when the project will be done. Do this by reporting how much of the project has been completed and what still needs to be done within a specific time frame.
(e.g. An Earthquake Master Plan for Istanbul: Initial steps were taken in year the 2000, the design phase of the program was finished in year 2004, initial steps towards implementation have been taken. Around 20% during the implementation phase has been already undertaken by the municipality and its partners. A good flow of resources is required to complete this effort that will take several years to be completed.)
Relevance to Megacities
This is one of the most significant sections since it distinguishes what is unique about the Megacities Project. Write this section in paragraph form and use complete sentences.
- How does this SP meet the Principles for Sound Practices in a Megacity?
- UNIVERSALITY/TRANSFERABILITY – can the SP developed in this megacity be applied in another?
- APPLICABILITY – is the application appropriate for the relevant parts of a megacity’s multiple-city governance structure?
- EXPANDABILITY – if the SP is small scale, can it be expanded or replicated throughout the same sectors/of the megacity?
- ORIENTATION/FOCUS – is the SP focused toward reducing the overall level of risk in the entire megacity?
- ASSIMILATION/ INTEGRATABILITY – is the SP able to incorporate, or to be assimilated into other risk reduction practices?
- IMPACT/EFFECTIVENESS – what overall effect does the SP have on actually reducing megacity-level risk?
Is this SP:
- SUSTAINABLE over time?
- MEASURABLE, with defined criteria?
- ACHIEVABLE within stated timeframes?
- RELEVANT to satisfy the situation?
- TIMELY within carefully framed tasks and well-defined goals? .
Information, records, proceedings and reports that document the activities described above are needed NOT ONLY for verification and corroboration BUT ALSO to show other megacity participants how the SP was conducted.