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Measuring Community Recovery: Developing Healthy
Community Recovery Indicators
5th Annual Meeting Presentation
Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH
Phil Berke, PhD
Gavin Smith, PhD
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Project Overview
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Phase 1
• Literature review (Dec 2012 – February 2013)
• Indicators checklist draft (March 2013 – May
2013)
• Quantify and validate indicators with 2
community case study (June 2013 – August
2013)
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Phase 2
• Phase 2 Milestones*
– Revised indicators, including data requirements and
with input from key informants and other
stakeholders.
– Crosswalk of indicator interdependencies
– Practitioner report documenting post-disaster
recovery in a broader set of communities (multi-state,
multi-hazard).
*Subject to FY14 Funding Availability
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Phase 3
• Phase 3 Milestones*
– Collect primary data collected on each indicator in
real time during the post-disaster recovery period
– Develop final, validated list of indicators in eight Core
Capabilities, including:
• Recommended and validated metrics
• Crosswalk of interdependence between indicators
• Proposed weighting or ranking to be used in calculating the
quality of recovery in communities
*Subject to FY14 Funding Availability
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Project Relevance
• Recovery a key
capability
• Develop measurable
recovery indicators
• Link good recovery to
future resiliency
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Project Outcomes / Products
• Phase 1
– Literature review report
– Indicator’s checklist
– Case study
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Closing Comments
Research Lead  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
coastalhazardscenter.org
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Measuring Recovery Through Healthy Community Indicators