Impact analysis of the project "Successful strategies of homeowners for flood protection”
In the project "Successful strategies of homeowners for flood protection" of Wissensmanagement Umwelt and RisikoWissen, so-called social learning videos are used to show preventive action options for better building protection.
On behalf of the Prevention Foundation of the Cantonal Building Insurance Companies and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), we are evaluating the impact of the social learning video communication tool on flood protection behaviour in the context of adaptation to climate change.
Evaluation of the Action Plan Invasive Alien Organisms (MPigO)
The current Action Plan Invasive Alien Organisms of the Canton of Zurich (in German: Massnahmenplan invasive gebietsfremde Organismen, short MP igO) runs from 2018 to 2021. In order to further optimise the work with the MPigO for the new term (2022-2025), an evaluation should provide information on possible problem areas or potential for optimisation. Practitioners and experts (municipalities, local agricultural coordinators, associations, NGOs and environmental consulting companies) are interviewed in order to develop a sound basis for possible adjustments and optimisation.
Management of invasive alien plant species in the Reppischtal: social-scientific accompanying research
Parallel to the pilot project in Reppisch Valley “Gemeinsam gegen Neophyten” (Together Against Neophytes) by AWEL (Office for Water, Energy, and Air), Canton of Zurich, Dialog N conducts surveys among the general public in the communities of Reppischtal on the issues of invasive alien plant species and their management. The survey aims at increasing the current level of knowledge as well as the existing awareness to the problem of invasive alien species. In addition, it seeks to identify how people can be reached and enabled to act against invasive alien species.
Development of a conceptual framework for environmental communication
On a mandate of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Dialog N develops a conceptual framework, which is supposed to be used in evaluating the status quo with regard to any given environmental-related topic. Additionally, it provides guidelines for planning, designing, and evaluating communication measures, interventions and campaigns.
The framework model is based on the Intervention Mapping approach and on different theories and models from the fields of social-, health- and environmental psychology as well as theories of communication studies.
Environmental-psychological field research in the Black Forest National Park
What is it that makes a trip to Black Forest National Park special? On a mandate of Black Forest National Park, Dialog N researches in this project the experience quality of a stay in Black Forest National Park.
In this context, we particularly focus on the term “wilderness”, by throwing a light on it from different perspectives.
Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung zu UNESCO Biosphärenreservaten
Wie stark sind Akzeptanz, Identifikation und Engagement in der lokalen Bevölkerung von UNESCO Biosphärenreservaten ausgeprägt? Und durch welche Faktoren lassen sich diese Ausprägungen erklären? Diese und andere Fragen nehmen wir in einem internationalen Projekt genauer unter die Lupe! Beteiligt sind verschiedene Biosphären aus der Schweiz, Deutschland und Österreich (Koordination durch F. Knaus, BR Entlebuch), die WSL (M. Hunziker) und Parkforschung Schweiz (A. Wallner).