Enabling Resilience Investment Guidance

An enhanced approach to investment in recovery, disaster risk reduction or adaptation to build resilient infrastructure, communities, cities and regions

The Enabling Resilience Investment approach comprises methods, tools, frameworks and processes to support planning and analysis that incorporate value creation and systemic risk mitigation into the inclusive design and delivery of future investments. It can be used to generate new opportunities and outcomes for value creation (jobs, social cohesion, productivity, income) and risk mitigation in cities, suburbs, and rural and regional Australia.

The Enabling Resilience Investment Framework underpins this approach, providing the overarching framing and modalities of the engagement, assessment, and learning activities, methodologies, and processes that will help individuals at any level or stage of decision making to address their gaps in knowledge, reveal important tensions and trade-offs in value priorities, and create governance that generates a wider set of adaptive options and pathways.

Guidance for applying the Enabling Resilience Investment Framework

The Guidance steps users through the components of the Framework. Additional materials are signposted to support users to access additional information and to tailor how they use or deliver the engagement and assessment activities.

The Guidance covers:

  • The design of the framework as an adaptable approach to support flexibility in how users interact with it and apply it (depending on their readiness and needs)
  • the phases, components and modules of activities required to generate options, opportunities, and investment cases that increase the potential for funding and delivery and how these differ and augment existing approaches
  • pointers to resources to support users implement the required activities for resilience investment.

Access and apply the Framework at your own pace

Users of the Enabling Resilience Investment Framework can tailor the application of the phases, modules or components (and the specific methods within these) to suit their needs and context, depending on the types of decisions being made, the stage of the decision or assessment process, and the levels of shared understanding of those involved. This is because each module is intended to be able to stand alone, with its own process and outputs.

The Enabling Resilience Investment Framework provides the ‘scaffolding’ of processes, methods and tools that can be adaptively pulled together to meet people where they are at and scaffold them to where they would like to go next. Users and decision makers can therefore ‘enter and leave’ the Framework at any point (phase, module, or component) and need not run through every phase, module or component, or do these sequentially.

Examples of potential user journeys for using the Enabling Resilience Investment Framework are provided in Getting to Mt Resilience, which demonstrates a fictional ‘greenfield’ development of a new suburb.

The use of the Enabling Resilience Investment Framework in real-life settings is shown in our Bega Valley and Port Adelaide Enfield demonstration projects.