Strengthening community resilience: a toolkit

Scott Davis, Hanneke Duijnhoven, Cecilie Dinesen, José Kerstholt

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While community resilience is said to have gained a lot of traction politically and given credence by disaster management professionals, this perception is not always shared by the individual members of communities. One solution to addressing the difficulty of individuals ‘conceptualising’ the benefits of resilience can be through the use of community workshops as a method of facilitating resilience awareness. Participatory workshops can be created to facilitate a “bottom-up” approach, with the aims of raising awareness and increasing the likelihood of resilient behaviours being adopted. Within the European project ‘DRIVER’ we have tested CART (Community Advancing Resilience Toolkit) as a means to increase resilience. This framework has an added benefit of bringing community members together regarding resilience, increasing their awareness of resilience and improving community cohesion through the exchange of ideas throughout the process. The methodology employs the use of a range of participatory methods including an assessment survey, key informant interviews, data collection framework, community conversations, neighbourhood infrastructure maps, community ecological maps, stakeholder analysis, SWOT analysis, capacity and vulnerability assessment. Eight workshops were held in Scotland pairing the CART toolkit’s framework with recent British Red Cross resilience thinking in order to raise the awareness of resilience among a broad range of rural and urban communities. The overall result is that members of communities became more aware of their own vulnerabilities and capabilities, both at the individual and collective level, encouraging action as to increase their resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Building Resilience: Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected
Subtitle of host publication7th-9th September, 2016, University of Auckland
EditorsNiluka Domingo, Suzanne Wilkinson
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherUniversity of Auckland
ISBN (Print)978-0-473-37268-2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016
Event6th International Conference on Building Resilience 2016: Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Conference on Building Resilience 2016
CountryNew Zealand


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