Resilience Toolbox

Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. We have assessed a wide range of tools, which are listed below, mapped by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Use the filters to break down the results by sector and user type.

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PREP

The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness data tool

Decision makers

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PREP  

The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness data tool

PREPdata is a map-based, open data online platform that allows users to access and visualize spatial data reflecting the past and future climate, as well as the physical and socioeconomic landscape for climate adaptation and resilience planning. The platform is continuing to evolve through the input of PREP partners and PREPdata users. It is a flexible tool for climate adaptation planning, designed to address many of the gaps and challenges adaptation practitioners face.

Distinguishing elements of PREPdata:

  • A visual, map-based platform that is user-friendly and customized to different contexts and skill levels;
  • Active curation of datasets focused on climate resilience, streamlining the process of accessing and navigating to relevant data;
  • A commitment to global coverage, with an emphasis on increasing access to datasets for the Global South, and support for applications across different scales and geographies; and
  • A user-needs based strategy for platform development, utilizing the knowledge and network of the partners and platform users to enable continuous improvement.

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Key aims Open source/online software

Sector-specific? Yes

Surging Seas

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

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Surging Seas  

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

This app exposes information from global climate models combined with datasets on vertical land movement on a local level, and shows this with local population density information (which clearly shows the extend of coastal cities), offering opportunities for data presentation previously unavailable to a wider audience.

The extreme sea levels analysis tool includes the latest historical storm surge data for the globe, high tide events, and sea levels changes caused by lower atmospheric pressure and severe winds during storms in climate scenarios.

Aside from the SLR tool, there are other similar tools as part of the same tool developer that analyse other indicators such as climate change scenarios and baseline data generation, drought monitoring, heat index, etc.

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Type – Open Source

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Climate Central

QRE

Quick Risk Estimation tool

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QRE  

Quick Risk Estimation tool

The Quick Risk Estimation tool is designed for the purposes of identifying and understanding current and future risk/ stress/ shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets. The QRE tool is not a full scale risk assessment, rather a multi-stakeholder engagement process to establish a common understanding. Taking into account the actions or corrective measures already undertaken, the QRE will produce a dashboard-style risk assessment advising the risks and hazard to human and physical assets, impacts of identified main risk and associated perils on the specified location and/or particular assets.

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk (not really, it is a tool for mutli-stakeholder engagemnet process to establish a common understanding)

Sector-specific? Yes

SmartScan

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SmartScan  

The SuRe SmartScan contributes to action items addressing two challenges (Capital Investment Planning Poor, and/or Non Climate-Smart, Local Development Planning Poor, including Resilience) of the City Creditworthiness Self-Assessment & Action Planning Toolkit of the World Bank.

Increase your infrastructure project’s attractiveness to investors in only a few steps. The GIB SmartScan allows you to assess your projects based on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and helps to efficiently flag risks and opportunities for improvements of your project. This process helps you to identify and therefore eliminate risks and to improve the ESG aspects of the assessed project, which is increasingly a mandatory consideration for investors in their investment decisions.

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Type – Commercial off-shelf

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

PCVA

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

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PCVA  

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

Oxfam’s participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis (PCVA) tool is a risk analysis process designed to help staff and partner organisations engage with communities in contexts where natural disasters are significant drivers of poverty and suffering. PCVA has its roots in two proven social development methodologies. First, it stems from capacity and vulnerability analysis (CVA) methodology. This has long enabled development and humanitarian aid workers to design programmes based on a community’s capacities as well as its vulnerabilities. It recognises that vulnerable people have capacities to cope with adversity and can take steps to improve their lives, however difficult their situation may be. Second, it is rooted in the belief that enabling communities to genuinely participate in programme design, planning, and management leads to increased ownership, accountability and impact, and is the best way to bring about change. PCVA draws on a wide range of participatory learning and action (PLA) techniques and tools that are designed to channel participants’ ideas and efforts into a structured process of analysis, learning, and action planning, with the overall aim of reducing a community’s disaster risk.

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Type – Practitioner's guide available on website

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Oxfam

NISMOD

National Infrastructure Systems MODel

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NISMOD  

National Infrastructure Systems MODel

NISMOD is the UK’s first national infrastructure system-to-systems modelling platform and database. By 2020, the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) national infrastructure portal will open to academia and industry as well as policymakers, providing access to infrastructure datasets, simulation and modelling results.

We investigate infrastructure and its interdependencies in energy, digital communications, solid waste, transport, waste water, water supply and infrastructure governance.

NISMOD-Int is a series of open-source analysis tools for the application of evidence-based decision making to developing counties. These tools will allow recipient countries to develop and assess alternative infrastructure transition strategies for meeting their future sustainable development goals.

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CityStrength Diagnostic


Government, civil society, residents, and the private sector

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CityStrength Diagnostic  

CityStrength is a rapid diagnostic that aims to help cities enhance their resilience to a variety of shocks and stresses. A qualitative assessment developed with support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the diagnostic takes a holistic and integrated approach and encourages collaboration between sectors to more efficiently tackle issues and unlock opportunities within the city. CityStrength is flexible and can adapt to different needs of clients in terms of depth and breadth, and can be implemented in any city or combination of cities within a country regardless of size, institutional capacity, or phase of development.

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Government, civil society, residents, and the private sector

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Type – Methodological guidebook is free to download

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
The World Bank

CRIDA

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis


Decision makers, planners, engineers

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CRIDA  

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

CRIDA provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA will initially launch as a publication, and support a community of practice to rapidly scale up implementation.

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Decision makers, planners, engineers

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
AGWA

FAUC®

The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity

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FAUC®  

The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity

The FAUC framework focuses on Five Capacities of an Organization:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Alert
  • Adaptive
  • Resilient
  • Creative

It helps to find weak spots and enables organizations to act effectively in complex and uncertain environments.

The FAUC® is delivered through two products: FAUC® PLAY and FAUC® Assessment. The approach of the FAUC©PLAY is interactive. The FAUC©PLAY uses structured dialogue, playing and the wisdom of people involved. The FAUC© assessment uses both quantitative and qualitative information and the wisdom of people involved.

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GLOCOMNET

Adaptation Wizard

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Adaptation Wizard  

The Wizard is a 5-step process to help you assess your organisation’s vulnerability to the current climate and future climate change, identify options to address your organisation’s key climate risks, and help you develop and implement a climate change adaptation strategy.

The Wizard is also a guide to information, tools and resources to help you.

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Developed by
UKCIP

City Resilience Actions Inventory and Stakeholder Perception Review



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

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City Resilience Actions Inventory and Stakeholder Perception Review  

This review aims to document and analyse existing plans, policies and projects in the city. Establish a baseline of where the city is taking action across the 12 drivers of resilience and identify efforts the City Resilience Strategy can further develop and/or advance.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc…

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Type – Free to download

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Sector-specific? Yes

Resilience Garage



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Resilience Garage  

The Resilience Garage assembles a group of 20-25 experts from across sectors and disciplines with the aim to peer review and to identify opportunities to better understand or solve challenging problems. This is done through either specific resilient projects (projects that have multiple benefits and address multiple issues) or by developing key focus areas for further consideration. It is practical – aiming for concrete recommendations – as well as fundamental – rigorously applying a rich resilience toolset. It applies the learning and tools developed following a two-year collaboration that explored how to make resilience more actionable.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Type – Open source

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Resilience.io

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Resilience.io  

Resilience.io is designed as a computer-based platform that provides an integrated systems view of a city-region. It will be an analysis and decision-support tool for collaboration and resilience decision-making. The resilience.io platform combines computer representations of resource flows, human and business activities and infrastructure systems. The platform contains a growing library of process models of typical human, industrial and ecological systems, the relevant ones of which are used in a local instance to create a tailored integrated systems model for a city-region.

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Sector-specific? Yes

World Bank Climate & Disaster Risk Screening Tools


Project developers (project level tools available) , public sector (policy level tools available)

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World Bank Climate & Disaster Risk Screening Tools  

Self-assessment tools provide a systematic, consistent, and transparent way of considering short- and long-term climate and disaster risks in project and national/sector planning processes. The tools target a range of sectors (both national/ policy and project levels): national plans, agricultural, coastal flood protection, energy, health, roads, water, etc.

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Project developers (project level tools available) , public sector (policy level tools available)

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Type – log in is needed for assess screening tools

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
World Bank

ICLEI ACCCRN

ICLEI ACCCRN Process Workbook

Local government

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ICLEI ACCCRN  

ICLEI ACCCRN Process Workbook

The ICLEI ACCCRN Process (IAP) enables local governments to assess their climate risks in the context of urbanisation, poverty and vulnerability and formulate corresponding resilience strategies. The ICLEI ACCCRN Process has been designed in a step-by-step format, divided into 6 phases. Phases 5 and 6 that guide cities in the implementation and monitoring phases will be included in the following edition of the IAP toolkit. The process is also designed to be a continuous cycle of review and refinement, rather than a closed cycle.

The phases are:

  1. Phase 1 of the process will provide all the tools and activities needed to start work with the city. The tools help local governments gain the necessary political and administrative support, establish a climate core team, involve local stakeholders, appropriately share relevant information through a tailored communications plan, and conduct an initial assessment of the city’s progress towards dealing with climate change.
  2. In Phase 2 the main impacts of climate change faced by the city are identified through shared learning dialogues and interactions with the climate core team. The fragile urban systems facing climate threats are also identified and prioritised according to their risk status.
  3. Phase 3 will assist the city government in producing climate vulnerability hotspot maps, in identifying the vulnerable social groups, and in analysing their adaptive capacities as well as those of the impacted urban systems.
  4. In Phase 4, city governments will use the information and analysis from the previous Phases to develop a list of potential resilience building interventions. The tools in this phase help screen and prioritise these interventions, link them to existing city plans, and compile all the information into a City Resilience Strategy.

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Local government

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Type – Open source/Online knowledge

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Sector-specific? Yes

CRAFT

Climate Risk And Adaptation Framework And Taxonomy

Decision makers

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CRAFT  

Climate Risk And Adaptation Framework And Taxonomy

CRAFT provides:

  • a framework for cities to perform robust and consistent reporting of climate hazards and associated adaptation planning and implementation that is required by the Compact of Mayors;
  • a means to monitor and evaluate adaptation planning progress to help cities improve adaptation efforts by enhancing knowledge of best practices;
  • a means for cities to identify priorities and target advocacy for climate adaptation resources;
  • the data to improve the ability for cities and their partners to identify peers and aspirational examples to help inform their own adaptation planning process and implementation.
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Decision makers

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Type – Restricted

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Arup

CRPT

City Resilience Profiling Tool

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CRPT  

City Resilience Profiling Tool

The City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) is a self-assessment tool primarily addressed to municipal leaders, managers, urban planners, and other personnel with a responsibility for ensuring the safety, maintenance, and security of all aspects and functions of an urban area, including critical infrastructure and services, health facilities, transport and telecommunications networks, sanitation, water, etc.

The City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) designs this tool for generating metrics for urban resilience in order to establish baselines (or ‘profiles’) upon which to integrate resilience based inputs to sustainable urban planning, development, and management processes in cities and other human settlements throughout the world. The main goal of the CRPP is to support local governments and their stakeholders by transforming urban areas into safer and better places to live in, and improve their capacity to absorb and rebound quickly from any and all potential shocks or stresses.

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
UN Habitat

UCRA

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment

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UCRA  

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) helps cities incorporate individual and community capacities—social cohesion, familiarity with local climate risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness—into broader urban resilience evaluations. By analysing these local capabilities, the UCRA provides a snapshot of preparedness behaviours, risk perception and the strength of neighbourhood relationships. These findings enable individuals to identify context-specific adaptation actions and allow policymakers to engage community members in urban resilience planning.

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Type – Open source/Online knowledge

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FHWA P3 Toolkit


Decision makers, planners, government officials, and communities

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FHWA P3 Toolkit  

The Center for Innovative Finance Support provides information and expertise in the use of different P3 approaches. The P3 Toolkit includes analytical tools and guidance documents to assist in educating public sector policy-makers, legislative and executive staff, and transportation professionals in implementation of P3 projects. The P3 Toolkit forms the base of a broader P3 capacity-building program which includes a curriculum of courses and webinars. The P3 Toolkit addresses Federal requirements and four key areas of P3 implementation: Legislation and Policy; Planning and Evaluation; Procurement; Monitoring and Oversight.

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Decision makers, planners, government officials, and communities

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Type – Requires purchase

Maturity

Region

Sector-specific? Yes