Resourcefulness quantification approach for resilient communities and countries

Alessandro Zona, Omar Kammouh, Gian Paolo Cimellaro

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)
94 Downloads (Pure)


Availability of resources is one of the primary criteria for communities to attain a high resilience level during disaster events. This paper introduces a new approach to evaluate resourcefulness at the community and national scales. Resourcefulness is calculated using a proposed composite resourcefulness index, which is a combination of several resourcefulness indicators. To build the resourcefulness index, resourcefulness indicators representing the different aspects of resourcefulness are collected from renowned literary publications. Every indicator is assigned a measure to make it quantifiable. Time-history data for the measures are needed to perform the analysis. While these data could be obtained from different sources, acquiring a full set of data is quite challenging. Hence, to account for missing data, the Multiple Imputation (MI) and the Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) data imputation methods are adopted. The data are then normalized, assigned weights, and aggregated to obtain the resourcefulness index. A case study is performed to demonstrate the applicability of the approach. The resourcefulness indexes of two countries, namely the United States and Italy, are evaluated. Results show that resourceful communities/countries are more resilient during disaster events as they have more tools to come up with solutions. It is also shown that knowing the current resourcefulness level helps in better identifying what aspects should be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101509
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the Grant Agreement n° ERC_IDEAL RESCUE_637842 of the project IDEAL RESCUE—Integrated Design and Control of Sustainable Communities during Emergencies.


  • Community resilience
  • Disaster
  • Natural hazards
  • Recovery
  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness


Dive into the research topics of 'Resourcefulness quantification approach for resilient communities and countries'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this