Home : Public Policy Investigations
Understanding the effects of the research on public policy is critical to the implementation process. The objective of this task is to perform public policy investigations to provide information to support the adoption of the project's research findings and provide a solid foundation for the implementation of the research results.
To accomplish this objective, this task will determine the impact of the experimental and simulation research on seismic vulnerability over time and quantify the impacts of the research on the seismic resilience of buildings and communities.   
In the first step of this process, Index Buildings will be introduced and analyzed to apply the research results at the individual building level. Then the project will go beyond the single building scale to explore how improved design and construction of the ceiling-piping-partition system over a large number of buildings affects the seismic vulnerability at the metropolitan scale over time as new buildings are added incrementally.
Finally, the Public Policy Investigations are designed to address the following known barriers to implementation, so that the technical advances produced are more likely to be adopted and implemented:
||Increase key decision makers' awareness of the risk posed by nonstructural system damage.
||Demonstrate that there are effective technical solutions.
||Provide detailed economics analyses of these solutions at both the building and metropolitan scale.