If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.
— Yogi Berra

Assessing Resilience

Communities and civically engaged citizens have goals and priorities. A lot of the time, they know what needs to get done, but connecting the dots between sectors, government departments, and diverse populations isn’t given enough attention.

The assessments we’ve created let participants rate levels of resilience with specific criteria across sectors, which helps illuminate how they’re intertwined and where collaboration matters most to move forward with action.

We created two assessments to help communities take a close look at where they’re most vulnerable, and how they can use their strengths to address their challenges to become more resilient.


Community Resilience Assessment

Our Community Resilience Assessment tool guides communities through examining local resilience across sectors and making connections between them. It prompts discussions - community members share knowledge, learn more about local resources, and learn what it takes to be truly resilient. This comprehensive assessment will help you understand needs and prioritize actions to address vulnerabilities by leveraging strengths. It can also help your community track progress over time as you complete actions and increase resilience.

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Campus Evaluation of Resilience Dimensions

We created the Campus Evaluation of Resilience Dimensions in collaboration with Second Nature and the Kresge Foundation to zero in on a community within a community. College campuses form a rich layer that many towns depend on, but sometimes communication between them lacks consistency, and opportunities are missed. With a better understanding of disconnects, how to share resources, and where to foster collaborations, communities can bridge gaps and accomplish more. Significant attention in the development process of this tool was given to parsing out how campuses and towns differ and where they overlap, and this assessment is intended to help them consider their unique relationships. Though this assessment was created with college campuses in mind, many aspects apply to other types of academic institutions or facilities, and it’s a great educational tool for all ages.

College campuses use this tool to report on resilience to meet requirements of Second Nature’s “Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment.” For more information, visit: https://secondnature.org/2018/04/26/new-tool-to-help-campuses-assess-resilience/

Read the story of a Green Mountain College student who led the efforts to assessment resilience on his campus: https://secondnature.org/2018/06/21/building-a-foundation-for-resilience-planning-lessons-learned-at-green-mountain-college/

Could your community benefit from assistance?

We offer assessment facilitation and project planning workshops for communities that want to dive into strengthening resilience with full force. We use a fun audience polling system with individual keypads that records participants’ responses to assessment questions, shows collective results on PowerPoint slides, and saves this data for future use and tracking progress. These services are free for participating CROs teams and available for a contracting fee for others.

The assessments complement each other and can be used together or separately. Both are products of extensive review and input from sectoral experts, and they are effective tools for community engagement and planning processes. Share the link or download and print copies to encourage community members to assess local resilience. When your results are in, we will export and send you all the scores from your community.