Why is it important to measure resilience?

Why is it important to measure resilience?

Why is it important to measure resilience?

Measuring resilience is critical to ensure we’re having the right impact; that the action we’re taking really makes people and communities more flood resilient. 

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Measurements also help influence policy and spending. By showing evidence that flood resilience investments are needed in a specific location based on your measurements, and presenting resilience building solutions you have a good case for investment.

Additionally, by sharing evidence that resilience has been increased as a result of your work you can garner the support and resources needed to scale and/or replicate the work, making more communities flood resilient.

Despite the benefits of measuring resilience, when the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance started our programme there were no internationally validated methods for measuring disaster resilience available. That’s why we developed the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC), a flood resilience measurement framework and tool for communities.

In the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance we apply the FRMC to first measure resilience in the communities we work with to identify resilience gaps and strengths, and then to co-generate flood resilience enhancing approaches and solutions together with local stakeholders.

More broadly, by measuring resilience we hope to contribute the evidence needed to increase social, political, and financial investments in flood resilience

You can learn more about the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities, hear from practitioners who have used it, and take the first steps towards applying the approach here.

And you can read about some  of what we’ve found applying the FRMC in communities in the blog What we’ve learnt from measuring flood resilience

Community leaders grading resilience capitals in Mexico. Photo by Mexico Red Cross
Community leaders grading resilience capitals in Mexico. Photo by Mexico Red Cross

Relevant resources

This document provides detail on the conceptual framework behind the Flood Resilience Measurement for Community (FRMC) and explains how it is applied

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