CREATE's research framework extends fundamental and applied knowledge in significant new ways by integrating multidisciplinary advances in four research areas
Through these research areas, CREATE provides a comprehensive research and development program that generates models, tools, evaluation methods, software, targeted analyses and communication protocols to enhance the operations of homeland security agencies, making them more efficient and effective at improving the nation's security in the face of terrorism, natural disasters and technological accidents. At the same time, CREATE conducts the fundamental research that is necessary to advance the science of risk analysis, economics and operations research focused on the challenges of intelligent and adaptive adversaries.
CREATE's framework accounts for the important feedback role that open knowledge of risk management resource allocation decisions have interdicting terrorism and mitigating natural disasters as well as being resilient to events that do take place. It also explicitly accounts for the impact on the public's risk perception of risk management effectiveness, and the impact of how threats, risks and consequences are communicated. The result is a risk management framework with policy impact applicability across the breadth of an all-hazards DHS.
In addition to conducting research, CREATE strongly supports the transition of research results to operational units in the form of user-driven models, tools and enhanced capabilities through its E2E research transition model project. E2E, variously known as End-to-End, Excellence-to-Enterprise, Engage-to-Excel, etc., supports all research areas, as well as the Education program, developing software products, professional training support and executive education transitioned/delivered to the DHS enterprise.