In Phase 1 of the project, the team worked with national and regional stakeholders to create a place-based toolkit comprising:
- A review of academic and policy reports to identify known gaps in post-flood response
- Detailed insights about flood recovery gaps from experts and stakeholders through a series of one-to-one interviews
- Structured, facilitated workshop sessions featuring a bespoke serious game, “The Flood Recovery Game”. The game encourages stakeholders to collaborate in identifying flood recovery gaps and seek solutions together, fostering common purpose.
- A report synthesising outcomes and findings
Using these tools, the project identified and mapped gaps in communication and co-ordination, procedural standardisation, provision and availability of funding and other resources and information sharing.
Our evidence shows that the current patchwork of local, regional and national agencies and government departments involved in responding to flood incidents can lead to fragmented and inconsistent post-flood interventions. As a result, flood-impacted householders and businesses can struggle to access timely, affordable, and effective resiliency-focused recovery.
The work also included an assessment of the social value of using this toolkit, continuing the innovative approach of the EEI’s researchers to make their research truly impactful.