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Project Title:

Measuring Community Resilience
PIN: PGA-OSP-16-03        

Major Unit:

Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Office of Special Projects

RSO: Augustine, Lauren Alexander

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; Health and Medicine; Resilience

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study on effective ways to measure the resilience of a community to natural hazards and other disruptions. The report will identify knowledge gaps, research directions, and approaches that could be useful to a range of communities, including the Gulf Research Program’s efforts to support the development of healthy and resilient coastal communities. Specifically, the committee will:

-- Document similarities and differences among approaches used by federal agencies and other organizations to measure resilience;

-- Describe the methodologies used for quantitative and qualitative data collection and data analysis;

-- Examine measurement work underway by organizations such as the  Zurich Foundation, Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, NIST, FEMA, federal cross-agency groups, or others, and
Comment on their different approaches

Identify common challenges or research needs related to measuring resilience; and

Discuss applications for these or other approaches at the community level. 

-- Confer with community leaders and decision makers who have implemented resilience measures about the approaches, challenges, or successes they have encountered in measuring resilience in their respective communities; and

-- Provide findings and recommendations on common approaches to measuring resilience that have shown success, ways to overcome the challenges of measuring resilience, and key issues for future programs to consider in measuring the resilience of a community.

The committee will produce a consensus report presenting effective options for measuring resilience at the community level.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/01/2017
 Meeting 2 - 05/11/2017
 Meeting 3 - 06/20/2017
 Meeting 4 - 08/08/2017
 Meeting 5 - 09/14/2017
 Meeting 6 - 10/03/2017
 Meeting 7 - 10/16/2017
 Meeting 8 - 10/19/2017
 Meeting 9 - 11/01/2017
 Meeting 10 - 11/13/2017
 Meeting 11 - 01/17/2018
 Meeting 12 - 04/26/2018


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