Best Practices for Extreme Events Research: NHERI CONVERGE Check Sheets


Portion of a social science sampling checklist, prepared by Jessica Austin of the University of Colorado Boulder.

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure CONVERGE facility has launched the CONVERGE Extreme Events Research Check Sheets Series.

These short, graphical sheets offer best practice guidance for extreme events research and are meant to be used as researchers design their studies, prepare to enter the field, conduct field research, and exit the field.

“The check sheets are designed for students and other emerging researchers who are new to the field, as well as for teachers and mentors who are supporting extreme events research projects,” said Lori Peek, principal investigator of CONVERGE and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“We think this series will be especially helpful in the context of interdisciplinary research, as these sheets can serve as a quick primer on several core principles for social science quick response research.”

The series was made possible with support from the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. To date, the CONVERGE team and collaborators from universities across the U.S. and Canada, have published more than 30 check sheets on a number of topics ranging from methodological approaches and ethical considerations to data analysis and dissemination. Each check sheet is available for download as a PDF.

In addition to being published on the CONVERGE website, each check sheet includes a suggested citation and receives a permanent DOI through publication in the DesignSafe Data Depot.

“We are excited for this partnership with CONVERGE,” said Ellen Rathje, principal investigator of DesignSafe. “Assigning a permanent DOI to the check sheets not only makes them easier to cite in research proposals and papers, it can also help with discoverability.”

The Extreme Events Research Check Sheets Series is published on an ongoing basis, and new contributions to the series are always welcome. Those interested in being involved can reach the CONVERGE team at


Media Contacts

Lori Peek, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Natural Hazards Center
Principal Investigator, NHERI CONVERGE, SSEER, and ISEEER
University of Colorado Boulder

About the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, is a network of experimental facilities dedicated to reducing damage and loss-of-life due to natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, windstorms, and tsunamis and storm surge. It is supported by the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure. NHERI provides the natural hazards engineering and social science communities with the state-of-the-art resources needed to meet the research challenges of the 21st century. NHERI is supported by multiple awards from NSF, including the NHERI Network Coordination Office, Award #2129782 and NHERI CONVERGE, Award #1841338.