A Synthesis of Resilience Assessment Methods and Indices

This project aimed to conduct a synthesis study on resilience measurement methods and key indicators used. There are four specific objectives:

• To identify and collect the existing literature about community resilience to derive the knowledge of community resilience definition, measurement methods developed, resilience indicators tested, and adaptive strategies adopted.

• To develop an ontology of resilience measurement and the indicators used through an in-depth content analysis of the literature.

• To derive the consensus on the community resilience key indicators for improving mitigation and adaptation strategies and provide information on the effectiveness of various resilience measurement models.

• To develop a web-based application for resilience related data management and visualization which will enable users to evaluate the effects of various indicators on the resiliency of communities.

We conducted a synthesis analysis through a systematic review of 174 scholarly articles on disaster resilience measurement from 2005 to 2017. Using a review table designed for this study and content analysis, we extracted key information from each article on resilience definition, type of measurement method, resilience indicators used, and proposed adaptation strategies.