In 2012 the Department of Internal Affairs' Research and Evaluation Services team surveyed schools to assess how many teachers and schools were using “What’s the Plan Stan?”, their satisfaction with the resource, and their engagement with CDEM Groups.
In summary, the findings of the survey are that more than three-quarters of teachers were aware of the resource, 70 per cent rated it as useful or very useful, and less than one-third had used it for teaching.
Teachers’ engagement with the resource varies between regions. Typically, where schools are more engaged with CDEM staff from their local council or Group, they are more likely to be aware of and use the resource.
A 2011 report by Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow Victoria Johnson, who spent seven months studying New Zealand schools’ disaster preparedness programme What’s the Plan Stan?. She concluded that there are lessons for both the United Sates and New Zealand from the way New Zealand primary and intermediate school children are taught how to prepare for disasters.
A 2004 research report by Kirsten Finnis explores preparedness motivation strategies. Can public education and community development campaigns create prepared communities?