An exciting project is underway within the Center for Organizational Resilience (CORe); a program fortified through innovative technology to benefit communities across the country. During stage 2 of the Civic Innovation Challenge, Dr. Chris Davison (CORe) was part of a team that was awarded 1 million from the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security to implement their pilot project, CareDEX, in communities across the country.

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The CORe Explained

Newly housed under the College of Communication, Information, and Media is the Center for Organizational Resilience (CORe).

The CORe supports research through multidisciplinary engagement of academics, government leaders, and community practitioners. Furthermore, their aim is to help solve national issues in proactive ways. Some examples of this include: faster response times to natural disasters, providing more resources during economic disparity, and expanding youth’s access to opportunities.

Civic Innovation Challenge

Due to the size of these projects, research expands over a period of three stages. These stages prepare the teams for any challenges to come. However, most importantly, it excites them for the impacts they are about to make. 

Stage 1

In stage one, the researchers choose which track they would like to embark upon; either community and mobility or resilience to natural disasters. One of our Center for Information and Communication Sciences faculty, Dr. Chris Davison (CORe), went through through the resiliency route. His team’s mission? To care for older adults in quick response times. This caught the eye of the CORe, allowing for a successful stage two.

Stage 2

During stage 2 of the Civic Innovation Challenge, Davison was part of a team that was awarded 1 million from the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security. They seek to implement their pilot project, CareDEX, in communities across the country. The project is also partnered with the UC, Irvine Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. UC is the lead institution and Professor Nalini Venkatasubramanian is the lead PI on the project.

Specifically, with Davison’s initiative, they are working to design, develop and deploy CareDEX, a novel community contributed data-exchange platform, that empowers SHFs to readily assimilate, ingest, store and exchange information, both apriori and in real-time. As a result, response agencies will be able care for older adults in extreme events. Learn more. 

Stage 3

As we enter the next stage, the 17 Stage 2 Awardees become a “Community of Practice,” that collaborate to ensure that their projects are successful. These research groups share shares their findings with one another to spread their national impact to others. What an exciting time!

Wrap Up

Our College is very excited to witness the radical changes to come. As a University founded on Beneficence, our goal is to engage within our community through innovation and collaboration. We seek to create generous acts by coming together, in honor of the five Ball brothers whose land donation to the State of Indiana allowed Ball State to flourish.


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