The GOVCAP-project studied the organization of government arrangements for crisis management in five countries (Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany), and
looked at citizens perceptions of and attitudes towards the government and public sector governance capacity for crisis management.
By studying specific crises in different countries, the project found that assessment and perceptions of capacity and crisis management varies with context. National institutions and
administrative context matters. Experiences with different types of crises also varies and impacts on the organization of crisis management. This leads to diverse systems and tools for crisis management.
There is no best practice, and many different solutions are put to use. A commonality is, however, that legitimacy and trust in government institutions and their ability to deal with crises is important for governance capacity in a crisis.
The results of the project have been achieved through a successful international collaboration between leading academic scholars within public administration, public policy and crisis management.