Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
This guidebook offers a set of procedures to accompany each phase of the Climate Resilience Toolkit's Steps to Resilience.

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A resilience plan necessitates long-term capacity building. In addition to the technical capacity for any construction or project management activities, ongoing community engagement is crucial for buy-in, support, and measuring progress. Those measures of progress will assist with ongoing funding and finance efforts. Communicate project results with other communities who are engaged in similar efforts. Monitoring and evaluation are likewise essential for internal success and for building resilience capacity on a national level. Data collection will support iterative, persistent adaptation efforts. Focus data collection on ways to improve project goals and implementation strategies.

Instructor
Jim Fox and Mark Wilbert (Fernleaf)
66 minutes

Key Considerations:

  • The community can help with communication and outreach. Ideally, community members will be informed and involved throughout the process of implementation.
  • Community partners help determine funding & finance as well as project timelines.
  • Ensure actions address needs in the community.
  • Taking action is part of an iterative cycle, so over time, community participation shall be maintained.
Implement the plan
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The StR processes, actions and outcomes should all be shared within and beyond the community to broaden understanding of what has taken place, if it is working, and to support neighboring jurisdictions that may be at an earlier phase of the adaptation process. Consider communication with peers in other communities through professional societies, regional government working groups, and online tools used for adaptation.

Identify and seek opportunities for funding
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Bundling projects within an existing (non-climate) program can provide a fast path to implementation. Consider what the program will be and who are the best partners for the program. The type of program may drive where to look for funding and finance opportunities. Partners could include different government departments, academic institutions, or special interest organizations.

Create a plan to monitor and share lessons learned
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Measuring progress starts on day one of the project. Careful monitoring and evaluation throughout the project’s lifespan and beyond can set up your team for measuring success and also can help build public trust and support.

Iterate: plan for persistent adaptation
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Watch for opportunities to improve or recover from missteps. If your actions aren’t producing the desired outcome, consider modifying your approach or making course corrections to your plan.

Assessment Questions

• Has the action been implemented?
• Have the vulnerabilities been reduced by the actions? Is there evidence of having reduced impacts?

Practitioner Guide Resources

Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide

Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
Instructor
Mark Wilbert & Matt Hutchins
6 Sections
45 minutes
Foundational information to consider before you begin your resilience journey.
Instructor
Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
6 Sections
25 minutes
Coordinate with the community champions to assemble a planning team and establish goals for the project.
Instructor
Jim Fox, Aashka Patel, Kim Rhodes (Fernleaf)
5 Sections
1 hour
Evaluate community assets and their exposure to climate-related hazards.
Instructor
Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
6 Sections
35 minutes
Evaluate the vulnerability of community assets by enumerating qualities of sensitivity and adaptive capacity.
Instructor
Jim Fox (Fernleaf), Karin Rogers (NEMAC)
6 Sections
78 minutes
List options to reduce the greatest climate-related vulnerabilities and risks to vulnerable populations and community assets.
Instructor
Jim Fox (Fernleaf)
5 Sections
81 minutes
Design an implementation plan for the strategies that are mostly likely to reduce vulnerability and risk.
Instructor
Jim Fox and Mark Wilbert (Fernleaf)
4 Sections
66 minutes
Implement and communicate the plan. Identify funding sources. Monitor. Iterate.