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INDRIX project holds concluding conference in Brussels

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IMGP3554The project Inclusive Disaster Resilience Index (INDRIX) held its final conference on 14 February. The project consortium and stakeholder representatives came together in Brussels to review the project’s results and make recommendations for follow-up steps.

Over the course of its two-year project timeframe, the EU co-funded project INDRIX developed an index of social resilience. A particular focus was on the needs of particularly vulnerable groups in case of disasters – such as the Elderly or people with disabilities. In this respect, the project was supported by Italian NGOs FISH and Auser.

The index was developed with a focus on community resilience, hence focusing first on available statistical data for standardised regional units (“NUTS2” level). The project also found this available data insufficient and, in some cases, too unfocused (no “NUTS3”, the next smaller level, data available) and thus developed a second part of the index that relies on survey data to fill in the gaps. The resulting information was then visualised using the so called “Indrix Resilience Map”, an easy to use graphical interface that lets interested parties explore the wealth of data brought together by INDRIX.

IMGP3546The dimensions identified as part of the index development were also used in the development of an additional questionnaire that aims at civil protection projects. With this additional questionnaire, project coordinators, or applicants, can check which aspects of resilience are most covered by their project or project idea. Conversely, it also shows the aspects of resilience not considered. This can be a tool for project development and evaluation – particularly in combination with the identified regional weaknesses in resilience via the first and second part of the index.

As a conclusion to the project, the consortium presented several recommendations and possible follow-ups. These also included the need to improve the availability of statistical data, as only systematic surveying of all aspects of disaster resilience can offer complete comparability across Europe. In particular, data relevant for people with disabilities in disaster situations was lacking.

The project consortium is considering options to continue their work in a follow-up project.


Project drafts final documents and presents work to stakeholders

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Several participants of the workshop discuss during a group work phase of the meeting.The consortium of the project INDRIX (Inclusive Disaster Resilience Index) held its last workshop in Palermo from 14-16 December. They took stock of the work done in the previous two years and prepared the final result and recommendation document. The final document is planned to be presented in Brussels at the final conference of the project on 13-14 February.

Professor Andrea Volterrani presents the project to an audience of civil protection stakeholders at the ANPAS regional assembly for SicilyThe INDRIX project developed an index of social resilience, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as elderly people or people with disabilities. It uses statistical data but also data collected by questionnaire. It allows for regional or municipal assessment of resilience but also has a variant that enables civil protection projects to check if they are covering essential aspects of fostering resilience.

Panelists discuss the challenges of social disaster resilience.As the meeting coincided with an assembly of the ANPAS regional committee of Sicily, the INDRIX group also took the opportunity to discuss the project with the civil protection stakeholders that had come to Palermo for that meeting. This was a prime opportunity to work on an aspect of resilience that came up time and time again during the work of the project – inclusion of civil society and volunteering organisations, and consequently citizens, in prevention work.

The INDRIX project is coordinated by the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Partners are the Samaritan organisations ANPAS, LSA and WK. As a technical partner, Ubilabs is developing the project’s data collection and visualisation platform. Italian NGOs Auser and Fish have also made invaluable contributions to the project’s progress.

The project group posing for a group photo.

Further evaluation of questionnaires and stakeholder input at Riga meeting

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Latvian civil protection stakeholders in dialogue with the project group on the second day of the meetingFrom 27-28 August, the project met in Riga, Latvia. Together with invited stakeholders, they worked on a revised questionnaire for data acquisition in preparation of the creation of the final resilience index later this year.

After taking stock of the current state of development of the INDRIX map which is being developed by the project’s technical partner Ubilabs, the operative partners (ANPAS, LSA, WK) presented their last round of preliminary surveying. They had used the previous version of the questionnaire. These results made clear several ways to improve the questionnaires, which will be integrated into the final version by the project’s coordinator, the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Representatives of the stakeholders Auser  and FISH also took part in the discussions.

The project group pose for a group picture in front of a vehicle of the Mobile Care Complex, the Latvian Samaritan's outpatient care service for rural areas.Besides the work on the index and accomanying tools and methods, the project group also consulted with local stakeholders about the civil protection system and measures to improve resilience in Latvia.

The INDRIX project will conclude its work with a meeting in Sicily in December, before the results will be presented at the final project conference in February.



Test run of index questionnaires – Consortium reviews results

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Meeting participants listen as the representative of project partner LSA presents the preliminary results of their questionnaire test run.The INDRIX project held a workshop in Turin, Italy from 20-21 May 2017 to evaluate the questionnaires developed to gather data for the social resilience index.

Since the last workshop in Hamburg, the locally operative project partners ANPAS, LSA and WK had conducted initial test surveys with the first version of the questionnaires. While several indicators of the Social Resilience Index can be drawn from statistical data, the questionnaires to stakeholders and citizens fill the information gaps that cannot be found in publicly available numbers.

The questionnaires checked pieces of information like awareness of disaster risk and corresponding campaigns or matters concerrning the inclusiveness of disaster relief, such as the involvement of people with disabilities in disaster risk management. The test of the questionnaires revealed some practical and methodological challenges for which the group discussed improvements. From the discussion results, revised versions of the questionnaires will be created by the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Project partners gather round to look at a notebook screen where the latest version of the visualisation platform is shown.At the meeting in Turin, technical partner Ubilabs also presented a revised version of the visualisation platform for the data that is going to be gathered. The new version allows for better comparison of regions and projects and offers several new options to plot different dimensions of the index in diagram form. A demo of the system is available here.

The next meeting of the project is scheduled for the end of August in Riga, Latvia.


Progress on index and visualisation tool in Hamburg

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The group discussing the resilience index.From 17-19 October 2016, the consortium of the INDRIX project met in Hamburg to work on their inclusive resilience index. The index will help to assess the resilience-related properties of communities and civil protection projects, with a special focus on the resilience of vulnerable groups and their inclusion in civil protection processes.

After the first successful workshop in Bolzano in June, where the project partners discussed dimensions of inclusive resilience with stakeholders from organisations of and for people with disabilities and the elderly, the meeting in Hamburg followed up with the next steps.

The previously discussed dimensions were converted into a more concrete data scheme, building the basis for a first draft of the actual resilience index, which the project’s coordinator, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, will work out until the next meeting.

The use cases of the visualisation platform are brainstormed and collected by the meeting participants.The project will also develop a technical tool to visualize the current resilience of communities and the contributions of civil protection projects to resilience. This software will be developed by the project’s technical partner Ubilabs, who also hosted the event. At the workshop, the participants from SAMARITAN INTERNATIONAL member organisations ANPAS, ASB, LSA, and WK discussed a wide range of use cases for the tool. The aim is to make it useful for various target groups from civil protection experts over political decision makers, researchers and advocacy organisations to communities and individuals, who wish to identify best practices and gaps in the resilience or the inclusiveness of resilience in their community.

The next meeting will take place in April in Rome. Until then, first tests of the draft index should have been conducted.

Stakeholders and consortium meet in Bolzano

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The project consortium and stakeholders in the meeting room.From 6-8 June 2016, the partners of INDRIX (Inclusive Disaster Resilience Index) met in Bolzano, Italy for their second meeting. They discussed resilience and inclusion criteria for the resilience index which the project is developing.

The objective of the EU co-financed project is to develop a resilience index that takes inclusion into account – hence measuring disaster resilience for vulnerable groups such as the elderly or people with disabilities as well as their inclusion in emergency planning. The index will ultimately be applicable to projects and actions aimed to foster resilience as well as to communities wishing to measure their inclusive resilience

The University of Rome Tor Vergata is coordinating the project and will write the final definition of the index. The Samaritan organisations ANPAS, LSA and WK, together with the SAM.I. General Secretariat, help collect the empirical basis for the development of the index and contribute their knowledge in social services and civil protection.

The project consortium and stakeholders in the meeting room (different perspective).After the first meeting, the partners invited several additional stakeholders to share their expertise, particularly with regard to the inclusive dimension of the project. In Bolzano, Fabrizio Maddalena from Auser and Silvia Cutrera from FISH took part in the meeting to discuss the possible dimensions and variables of the resilience index.

With a set of preliminary dimensions defined, the project’s technical partner Ubilabs can proceed to develop first ideas for the visualisation of existing project along these dimensions. The next meeting will take place at their offices in Hamburg later this year, to present these ideas and gather feedback from stakeholders. A “visualisation platform” will be developed after that, which will facilitate spotting existing gaps in inclusive disaster resilience and also provide a data basis to finalise the resilience index.

The project group poses for a group picture.





Project launched

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On 20 January, the new round of EU financed civil protection projects was kicked off in Brussels. Several Samaritan organisations are involved in the project INDRIX, which will assess the inclusiveness of disaster relief projects and the resulting increase in resilience for vulnerable groups.

Professor Massimo Giannini of the University of Rome Tor Vergata presents the project at the official kick-off event in Brussels.

Professor Massimo Giannini of the University of Rome Tor Vergata presents the project at the official kick-off event in Brussels.

INDRIX, which is short for “Inclusive Disaster Resilience Index”, is coordinated by the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Samaritan organisations ANPASLSA and WK, together with the SAM.I. network, will contribute their expertise to the project. As a technical partner to develop visualisation and mapping tools, the project relies on the company Ubilabs from Hamburg. INDRIX is the third consecutive civil protection project with Samaritan involvement, after SAMETS and ADAPT, that has been chosen for co-financing by the European Commission.

In recent years, many disaster prevention projects focus on increasing the resilience of the general populace as well as of people particularly vulnerable in case of disaster. Such vulnerable groups include, for example, the elderly and people with disabilities.

INDRIX will assess the impact of the pre-existing projects and initiatives by mapping them according to several criteria of what contributes to resilience. These criteria will be defined in a collaboration of social scientists, the participating Samaritan organisations and, most importantly, stakeholders and organisations involved in support for the target group. A social resilience index will be created out of these criteria, which will allow self-assessment of stakeholders and their projects and initiatives. Also, the analysis and visualisation of the projects will allow the identification of gaps in inclusiveness that still exist in modern civil protection and disaster relief process chains.

Work on the project will be kicked off at the first steering group meeting, which is scheduled to take place in February in Rome.


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