Measuring community resilience: developing and applying a ‘hybrid evaluation’ approach

Artur Steiner, Mike Woolvin, S Skerratt

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Communities are increasingly encouraged to become more resilient, be more active and proactive, adapt to economic and social transformation, and possess the ability to change. Many initiatives aim to enhance community resilience, however there are few effective measurement tools which identify the influence of these initiatives on the resilience of participating communities. Our paper proposes a model for measuring community resilience combining both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. We utilise a hybrid evaluation approach (High and Nemes, 2007) which links existing international research with findings from an empirical study. We test our Capacity for Change community resilience model using findings from a longitudinal study including 292 face-to-face, semi-structured interviews. Our research contributes new learning on resilience measurement, and draws conclusions for practitioners, policymakers and researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-118
Number of pages20
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Volume53
Issue number1
Early online date13 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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Measuring community resilience: developing and applying a ‘hybrid evaluation’ approach. / Steiner, Artur; Woolvin, Mike; Skerratt, S.

In: Community Development Journal , Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.2018, p. 99-118.

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