Overview

This summer was extremely challenging and this work so frustrating, but in the end I am extremely proud of what I have accomplished, and even more curious than I was before about DTRA and its applications. Our coding scheme, I realized, is so subjective that a different person coding DTRA can have a completely different result but coding it is still so important to measuring the community’s organization over time and it has been proven to work in the aftermath of disasters, we just need to figure out a better way to standardize our coding so that we can teach others and code so much more data.

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The Community and DTRA

To try to understand how to code DTRA an to make sure I was doing it correctly, Diya Uthappa and I both coded a transcription where a small group of community members was discussing the resources allocation that took place this summer. As a refresher:

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Coding: The First Attempt

While meeting with the only other member of the team besides Professor Aday with any DTRA experience, Diya Uthappa, it became clear that the biggest obstacle we need to overcome in order to be able to code a large amount of DTRA is standardizing our practices. The goal of this summer has just become figuring out how to code so that no matter who is doing it, the results are pretty similar, or at the very least between Diya and I if one of us is coding it will likely be similar to the other.

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The Step Before Beginning

Before I can begin to code DTRA to see changes over time I must locate and organize all transcriptions possible from as many trips as I can from the past 9 or so years. For every meeting or interview we have with a community member, we make sure we have extra MANOS members present to write down as much of the conversation as humanly possible word for word to make sure we have recordings of everything that has ever taken place on MANOS.

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The Climb to Chaguite

“Very few communities have organized capacity for collective action,” but what makes this concept vital in marginalized communities is their lack of access to the most basic tangible resources. In many instances, collective capacity resulting in community action is crucial because it is one of the few resources a community does not have to depend on an outside source for (Aday, forthcoming).

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