Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery

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Overview

Based on existing methods and best practices, the Resilient Cities Network and our Chief Resilience Officers are co-designing and identifying the best methodologies to enable cities to plan a resilient recovery. The Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery provides a reference framework to guide discussions in a phased manner. It comprises a suite of tools, based on best practice, which cities can use independently, as well as methods delivered in collaboration with RCN.

Our toolkit enables each city to define its own path to recovery by considering four iterative activities: assessing and analyzing the situation, defining a portfolio of actions, improving the proposals, and deepening learning.

Characterized by a place-based approach, the toolkit helps local governments to identify opportunities that include not only physical solutions – such as rethinking street layout to optimize pedestrian and cycling mobility – but also cultural practices, cross-cutting issues, and governance arrangements to achieve carbon neutrality in the long term.

Our ongoing collaborations to support cities in integrating resilience into their recovery efforts have four key phases: assess, plan, optimize, and learn.

Information in the Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery is for the use of city governments and local authorities globally.

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Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery

Cities can effectively respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the most vulnerable by agile decision-making, ensuring access to reliable data, and proactive and reflective planning. As the crisis develops at a fast pace, local governments face urgent questions on how to reinitiate disrupted city services and support vulnerable populations during subsequent stages of the crisis.

While the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in our cities depend on their existing resilience, the potential to integrate further resilience into recovery activities now represents a tangible opportunity for cities to “build back better” and achieve better long-term health and well-being outcomes.

Planning a recovery that is responsive and relevant to the ongoing crisis demands that cities go beyond the linearity of conventional planning, and integrate agile decision-making and feedback loops as the science, the data, and our understanding of the situation evolve.

Based on existing methods and best practices, the Resilient Cities Network and our CROs are co-designing and identifying appropriate methodologies to enable cities to plan their resilient recovery. The toolkit offers a combination of methods, some of which cities can use on their own, alongside others that involve collaboration with R-Cities.

Our toolkit enables each city to define its own path to recovery by considering four iterative stages of work: assessing and analyzing the situation, defining a portfolio of actions, improving the proposals, and deepening learning.

Characterized by a place-based approach, our toolkit helps local governments to identify opportunities that include not only physical solutions – such as rethinking street layout to optimize pedestrian and cycling mobility – but also cultural practices, cross-cutting issues, and governance arrangements to achieve carbon neutrality in the long term.

How can local government systematically capture and analyze the evolving data? How can the dynamic information be articulated to all stakeholders in an accessible and clear manner? The Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery will support cities and local governments in establishing an agile and evidence-based process to plan their recovery from COVID-19.

1.0 Assess

The Recovery Assessment tools facilitate deeper understanding of the complex and wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in cities. These are methods and approaches that enable situational analysis with different levels of detail that align with cities’ needs and capacities. As a result, cities will be in a better position to identify interventions and investments relevant to their specific needs.

Choose the tool best suited to your city based on the assessment questions below:

Recovery Impact Assessment

  • How can we systematize diverse data associated with the COVID-19 emergency?
  • How can we quickly track and assess the actions we take in response to COVID-19?

Recovery Resilience Assessment

  • Who is affected, and how has the crisis affected them?
  • What has helped and what has hindered our COVID-19 response and recovery?

Recovery Needs Assessment

  • How can we organize a multidisciplinary team to assess the impacts of COVID-19?
  • How can we work towards a long-term monitoring scheme on the effects of COVID-19?

2.0 Plan

The Portfolio Definition tools help cities identify groups of actions that respond to their specific context and to the complex nature of the COVID-19 crisis. The identification of actions through a holistic resilience approach is likely to generate a more robust pipeline of projects able to reflect the diverse needs and gaps emerging from the impacts of the crisis.

Choose the tool best suited to your city based on the assessment questions below:

Recovery Action Plan

  • How can we filter the actions our city is proposing based on their resilience value?
  • Which factors will we consider in identifying the resilience value of a group of proposals?

Scenario Planning

  • What scenarios will we consider in planning recovery?
  • Which systems are more sensitive to emerging economic and social challenges?

Co-lab

  • How can we rapidly design a portfolio of actions for a specific complex problem (e.g. water scarcity)?

3.0 Optimize

The Project Enhancement tools maximize the resilience value of the planned interventions and investments. By exploring each project from a resilience perspective, cities will ensure that their investments are more impactful – that they genuinely respond to existing and emerging stresses, and anticipate future shocks.

Choose the tool best suited to your city based on the assessment questions below:

Project Scan

  • How can we integrate resilience principles to our proposals?
  • What shocks and stresses shall we consider in our project proposals?
  • How can we map the co-benefits of a project?

Resilience Opportunity Framing

  • We have a really good idea but no plan; how can we rapidly articulate its resilience value and plan its next steps?

Urban Resilience Screen

  • What process and metrics shall we consider designing for a resilience infrastructure project?

4.0 Learn

The Resilience Deep Dive guides offer qualitative guidance and potential Key Performance Indicators to help cities explore specific resilience challenges. The Resilient Cities Network in partnership with Arup will collate thematic materials to guide cities in engaging more deeply with scenarios and metrics to identify lessons, thematic agendas, and measurement needs.

Resilience Deep-dive on Sustainable Economy

  • We would like to use this moment to build a sustainable economy in our city.
  • What are relevant KPIs for a more sustainable economy?

Resilience Deep-dive on Infrastructure

  • We would like to use this moment to rethink our approach to resilient infrastructure.

Resilience Deep-dive on Equity in Cities

  • We would like to use this moment to integrate equity principles in our work.
  • Where can we start building a more equitable city

Partnering with us

C2R is designed to expand the reach of holistic and equitable resilience to more cities and partners globally as we recover from COVID-19 and its cascading effects.

As with our other efforts to share information and best practices through the C2R platform, the Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery seeks support and partnership from like-minded and aligned organizations. It is crucial to have partners that will help us and all municipalities reach scale in this resilient recovery.

If your organization is interested in supporting the rollout and advancement of the Toolkit and/or other C2R-related efforts, please send us a short email with an introduction to your organization and potential resources or support available.

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Toolkit for a Resilient Recovery