Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development

Understanding Community Resilience and Identifying Existing Tools for Assessing Resilience

Tags: Community Economic Development, Community Resilience, Forestry, Natural Resource Based Economic Development, Research

Client Name: US Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Client Type: Non-profit

Year: 2008, 2009

Location: Oregon

Yellow Wood worked with Susanne Moser, PhD to explore the issue of community resilience from the perspective of literature and key informant interviews with 25 rural development practitioners from around the country. They identified stages of community resilience and investigated the role of institutions, policies, leadership and culture in creating the capacity for resilient response to stressors. The relationship between community wealth and community resilience was also explored. The final report can be found at Appendices contain tools, selected research, an essay on the historical evolution and meaning of the concept of resilience, and a list of interviewees.