Sharing early insights for more resilient communities: Stage 1 report

Kimberly Brown, Jacki Schirmer, Greta Amorsen, Lorrae van Kerkhoff (Contributor), Steven Lade (Contributor), Wendy Merritt (Contributor), Huan Lei (Contributor), Wang Lei (Contributor), Liang Zheng (Contributor), Azizur Rahman (Contributor), Zahid Islam (Contributor), Michael Bewong (Contributor), H.L. Ip (Contributor), Mehrdad Amirghasemi (Contributor), Alison Moore (Contributor), Robert Ogie (Contributor)

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This report presents the key findings from the first stage of the Sharing Early Insights for More Resilient Communities project. Many NSW communities have experienced different types of extreme weather events over recent years and are in differing stages of disaster preparation, response and recovery (and often all three at the same time). This project aims to identify measures that can act as ‘early indicators’ that resilience loss is occurring, or accelerating, in a community, allowing for earlier intervention that reduces the extent of loss, hardship and mental health damage that occurs. The project will then use these measures to develop and test tools that can be used by services and organisations at various stages of the disaster preparation and recovery cycle to help identify communities and/or groups experiencing resilience loss at earlier,
rather than later, stages of change.

This report presents findings from the first stage of the project. The aim of this stage is to inform the development of an early warning tool that can be used by communities in Southern NSW to monitor changes in resilience in ways that enable identification of earlier change (as well as, in many cases, later stage changes).

There are three main outcomes of this stage of the project:
1. A list of priority resilience indicators for which it is likely to be possible to measure change over times in ways that not only identify what level of resilience is present, but how rapidly and to what extent that levels is changing (thus
enabling identification of ‘early warning indicators’ of resilience loss, as well as of positive change in resilience levels).
2. A list of potential data sources for priority resilience indicators.
3. Specifications for the development of a tool which can rapidly communicate changes in resilience to service providers working in Southern NSW.

This project is a joint initiative with the Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (from this point forward referred to as the Southern NSW Innovation Hub) and forms part of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program. The project is being conducted by the University of Canberra, Australian National University, Charles Sturt University, and University of Wollongong.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherSouthern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub/CSU
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program
Number of pages122
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Grant Number

  • 103803


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