Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities (preliminary and detailed assessment)


General Information:

Author: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Year of publication: 2017

Available languages: English, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Mongolian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Comprehensive impact and risk assessment

Details: The tool provides a set of assessments to allow local governments to monitor and review progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR and assess disaster resilience

Format of assessment: Web tool

Details: Offers an excel tool and a guideline based on question indicators which are all scored indivdually. The questions are based on the UNDRR's ten essentials for making cities resilient

Estimated costs for conducting: The excel tool is for free. No information on research costs

Estimated duration of assessment: Several months, but it is mostly based on multi-stakeholder experiences or workshops

To be carried out by whom: Government representatives

Details: It is made to support local governments (cities)

Institutional scale of use: Local/community

Details: Cities

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Local decision makers

Output: Excel sheet

Details: The tool itself is an excel sheet including a scorecard to easily summarise all data. All findings are summarised in a report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: No information

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Not sector specific

Details: It is a participatory process involving as many stakeholders as possible from all sectors

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: This is a rather qualitative approach. It is supplemented by the Quick Risk Estimation tool (QRE) to consider risk.

Risk framework used: Broad risk mapping according to different definition

Details: Conceived as disaster risk only, which can be estimated via a QRE tool by combining probability and severity of expected / witnessed impacts

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Flood, Wildfire, Storm, Sea level rise, All hazards

Details: Overall consideration of all kinds of man-made and natural hazards, climate change impacts, environmental degradation

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Mostly interviews. This method is based on stakeholder exercises and workshops. Also includes variety of secondary information e.g. plans, survey data from various institutions

Temporal scale: Current, Forward looking

Participatory elements: Partly

Details: Engagement of private sector stakeholders and incorporation of public opinion is encouraged but not necessary

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Details: Deals with frequent interactions between chronic stresses (climate change, sea level rise, envrionmental degradation, social, economic, cultural stress) ad acute shock events (natural or man-made disasters)

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Details: The major aim is an assessment of disaster resilience

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Economic

Details: No clear mention of considerations of non eocnomic loss

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Yes

Details: Calls it chronic stresses and accute shocks


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: Based on key Sendai Framework targets and indicators

Applied by whom: Not specified

Open access: Yes