Measuring community resilience : translation of BRIC indicators to the New Zealand context

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Kwok, A.H. 2016 Measuring community resilience : translation of BRIC indicators to the New Zealand context. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2016/58 26 p.; doi: 10.21420/G21P4T

Abstract: As New Zealand seeks to develop tools for assessing resilience as part of its national resilience strategy, this report illustrates how a direct translation of resilience indictors and indicator variables from the Benchmarking Resilience Indicators for Communities (BRIC) – a U.S.-based resilience assessment tool – for New Zealand presents both challenges and opportunities. Key challenges include the absence of publicly available datasets at different geographic scales and the applicability of indicator concepts that reflect New Zealand’s institutional, physical, socioeconomic, and natural environments. However, the underlying theoretical framework – disaster resilience of place (DROP) – of BRIC provides an empirically sound basis for the development of New Zealand-specific indicators that can address the need for benchmarking and tracking resilience levels and help inform disaster risk reduction policies. The development of resilience indicators should also consider capturing the structural and cognitive dimensions of resilience; understanding how influences at the macro, meso, and micro levels may result in varying degrees of resilience between communities within the same geographic region; accounting for the interactions between hazard risks and consequences, vulnerabilities, and resilience capacities; and identifying potential indicators and new assessment methods through the involvement of stakeholders at various levels (e.g., national, regional, city, suburb). (auth)