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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Appendix A

Workshop Agenda

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Resilient America Roundtable

Developing Community Resilience Measures Workshop

July 14–15, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel–Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE, Taft B Room
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

WORKSHOP VISION

The development and use of resilience measures by and for communities are key elements in building community resilience. Although many kinds of resilience measures and measuring tools have been developed, very few have been put into regular use by communities. A “bottom-up” approach in which communities develop, adapt, and use their own resilience measures is very important but not easy for communities to implement. The first major challenge for communities in developing their own approaches to resilience measures is often simply knowing where and how to begin.

This workshop of the Resilient America Roundtable will draw together representatives from several communities in the United States, members of the roundtable, and experts from the workshop planning committee to share knowledge and experiences in developing and implementing community resilience measures.

The overarching goal of this workshop is for communities to gain new knowledge and practical information about how to advance their efforts to develop and implement resilience objectives and measures.

During the workshop, community representatives will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the following questions. Community representatives are encouraged to consult with their colleagues and community stakeholders to develop their responses.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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  1. What is the resilience vision for your community?
  2. What are the major hazards and risks your community faces?
  3. What are your community’s main assets, advantages, and capabilities? What are your community’s challenges related to these assets?

During the workshop, community representatives will work together to discuss, develop, and identify ways to measure the resilience of different key components, environments, or assets within their, communities. The attached table will be used as a guide during the breakout sessions to help frame the discussions. The process the participants use to begin to identify measures and the challenges they encounter in doing so will be important threads of the workshop discussion.

Workshop participants may find the attached table to be a helpful guide to help them prepare for the workshop and as they consider the questions above. Workshop participants are encouraged to share the table with their colleagues and community stakeholders to obtain their feedback or ideas related to the table. As a starting point in the breakout sessions, the group will consider resilience across six broad community components, or environments, provided in the table.* Please note that other communities have used a variety of environments (e.g., cultural vitality, transportation, housing, education) in addition to, or instead of, those in the attached table. As part of the workshop, it is anticipated that the participants will add to and change the current list of six environments depending on their goals and community values. The six environments presented here are just a place to begin the discussions.

* Suggested definitions for the six environments:

  • Social/Wellness Environment = the capacity for people to connect with each other (examples of components: community organizations, informal meeting space, social networks)
  • Human Environment = the sum of people’s skills, knowledge, labor, and good health (examples of components: education, workforce, healthcare),
  • Financial/Economic Environment = level, variability, and diversity of income sources, and access to financial resources that contribute to wealth and enable investment in community capacity building (examples of components: financial systems and services, employment opportunities)
  • Physical/Built Environment = the built environment, including critical infrastructure (examples of components: roads, the power grid, dams)
  • Natural Environment = natural resources, nonengineered structures, and associated ecosystem services (examples of components: wetlands, flood protection, water)
  • Governance/Leadership Environment = leadership, governance, and power (examples of components: the ability to influence and enforce policy, standards, rules, regulations)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Community Resilience Measures: Guiding Considerations

Community Environments How resilient do you think your community is now in each environment? What factors did you consider to determine your community’s level of resilience? What are the key components/assets/functions of this environment in your community? (List 2 to 3) How could you measure the resilience of each component/asset/function?
Physical/Built
Natural
Governance/Leadership
Social/Wellness
Human
Financial/Economic
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel–Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE, Taft B Room
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

8:00 – 9:00 am Working Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome and Introductions
Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director, Resilient America Roundtable
9:15 – 9:30 am Getting to Resilience: Why It Matters
Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland, Chair of the Workshop Planning Committee and Member of the Resilient America Roundtable
  1. - What is a community resilience strategy and how is it different from other disaster plans (preparedness, recovery, mitigation, etc.)?
  2. - Why are measures important?
  3. - Workshop overview and objectives
9:30 – 10:30 am Community Snapshots
Moderated by Chris Poland, Chris D. Poland Consulting Engineer and Member of the Workshop Planning Committee
Each community shares its responses to the thought questions (~5–7 minutes):
  1. - What is the resilience vision for your community?
  2. - What are the major hazards and risks your community faces?
  3. - What are your community’s main assets, advantages, and capabilities? What are your community’s challenges related to these assets?
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Panel Discussion: Community Resilience in Action
Moderated by Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina and Member of the Workshop Planning Committee
A panel of community representatives discusses their resilience approaches and use of measures.
  1. - Association of Bay Area Governments Resilience Program, Arrietta Chakos, Urban Resilience Strategies
  2. - The Boston Indicators Project, Jessica Martin, The Boston Foundation
  3. - Capital Crossroads, Bethany Wilcoxon, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 1:30 pm Instructions and organization for breakout sessions
1:30 – 2:45 pm Breakout Session 1
Facilitated by Gerald Galloway and Monica Schoch-Spana
Community representatives will be divided into two breakout groups. Each breakout group will focus on three environments. For each environment, the communities will
  1. - identify key components/assets/functions in each environment relevant to their community and
  2. - discuss/identify what measures might be used to monitor the resilience of those assets/functions.
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 4:15 pm Breakout Session 2
Facilitated by Gerald Galloway and Monica Schoch-Spana
Community representatives will remain in their breakout groups and focus on three environments. For each environment, the communities will
  1. - identify key components/assets/functions in each environment relevant to their community and
  2. - discuss/identify what measures might be used to monitor the resilience of those assets/functions.
4:15 – 4:30 pm Break
4:30 – 5:15 pm Discussion
Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland, Chair of the Workshop Planning Committee and Member of the Resilient America Roundtable
  1. - What were some of the takeaways from today’s discussions?
  2. - What were some of the key issues raised with regard to each of the environments discussed?
  3. - What major challenges or opportunities arose during the breakout sessions?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel–Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE, Taft B Room
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

7:30 – 8:30 am Working Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 am Report out of breakout sessions
Breakout session rapporteurs
9:30 – 10:30 am Overcoming Challenges in Developing and Implementing Measures
Moderated by Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina and Member of the Workshop Planning Committee
Community representatives will discuss the challenges and successes they experienced when developing and implementing measures.
  1. - Challenges in identification/development of measures
  2. - Challenges in implementing measures
  3. - Successes
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:45 am Breakout Session 3: Bringing It All Together
Facilitated by Gerald Galloway and Monica Schoch-Spana
Community representatives will remain in their breakout groups to
  1. - share ideas for ways to start the process of developing and implementing measures,
  2. - identify specific measures for key components of their communities, and
  3. - discuss potential challenges and possible solutions for implementing measures.
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Discussion and Wrap-Up
Moderated by Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland, Chair of the Workshop Planning Committee and Member of the Resilient America Roundtable
Report out from Breakout Session 3 by rapporteurs on implementation issues and overcoming challenges. All workshop participants will discuss summary points:
  1. - Main workshop themes and discoveries
  2. - Feedback about the workshop process
  3. - Ideas for future activities
12:30 – 1:30 pm Working Lunch: Next Steps
Moderated by Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland, Chair of the Workshop Planning Committee and Member of the Resilient America Roundtable
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21911.
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The 2012 National Research Council report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, identified the development and use of resilience measures as critical to building resilient communities. Although many kinds of resilience measures and measuring tools have and continue to be developed, very few communities consistently use them as part of their planning or resilience building efforts. Since federal or top-down programs to build resilience often yield mixed results, bottom-up approaches are needed, but are often difficult for communities to implement alone. A major challenge for many communities in developing their own approaches to resilience measures is identifying a starting point and defining the process. Other challenges include lack of political will due to competing priorities and limited resources, finite time and staff to devote to developing resilience measures, lack of data availability and/or inadequate data sharing among community stakeholders, and a limited understanding of hazards and/or risks.

Building on existing work, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a workshop in July 2015 to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information about ways to advance the development and implementation of resilience measures by and within diverse communities. Participants worked to gain a better understanding of the challenges these communities face in the pursuit of resilience and determine whether the approach used during this workshop can help guide communities in their efforts to build their own measures of resilience. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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