Regions Facing Shocks: building resilient communities

sep 21, 2021 | Novinky a podujatia


By Lucia Komornikova

About the project

In our recent article, we have provided an overview about ReFace projectReFace project introduction. We have also promised to keep you updated on the project progress.  Before we get there, let`s have a little refresh about the project itself.

ReFace – Regions facing shocks: building resilient community is a two-year project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of European Union under the Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership in the field of Vocational Education and Training. It aims to support key regional players from various sectors and subject fields in gaining and/or enhancing transversal competencies and the relevant up to date knowledge to build, further develop and maintain resilient regions and communities.

Project outputs

  • Syllabus for the MOOC “Regions facing shocks: building resilient community”
  • MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) “Regions facing shocks: building resilient community
  • The road map “Supporting a Resilient Region – a tool for the Sustainable Communities

Learn more details about the outputs in our first article: ReFace project introduction.

Input & basis for the Syllabus

European Report on Resilient regions was prepared by the project partners as the main input for the Syllabus development and is based on the information collected by the project partners in their national contexts: Italy, Slovakia, France, and Spain. At a first stage, research on regional resilience and identification and forecasts of future skill and training needs in the area of resilient regions building has been carried out, including:

  • Secondary research: study of regional/national policy documents
  • Primary research consisted of: quantitative research (questionnaire survey); qualitative research (semi-structured interviews)

The engagement of the regional policymakers and other stakeholders into research has been of fundamental importance. Project partners contacted key regional players, representatives of public administration, NGOs, academic sectors, and also people from the health care systems. Some of the main findings of the European Report on Resilient regions transformed into aspects to be taken into account while creating the syllabus are listed below:

  • Clarification of the terminology connected to regional resilience, as well as more specialized knowledge on the concept
  • Explanation of the importance of integrated measures, teamwork, collaboration between public bodies and the third-sector
  • Focus on preventive strategies and better project-management, planning skills rather than opting for short-term, emergency measures
  • Awareness-raising and stronger knowledge-sharing between bodies involved in the resolution and prevention of crises, in order to ensure adequate intervention and support to each other in case of emergencies
  • Vulnerability assessment and better understanding of threats and external shocks, as well as adaptive capacities
  • Regional resilience potential, how to measure it, how to foster an integrated approach to regional and community planning
  • Connections between migration, resilience and security
  • The role and tasks of public administration: effective public decision-making processes methods and techniques; design public policy in resilience; project management skills

This is just a brief extract and the most important results from the European Report on Resilient regions. The whole document has over 100 pages and is available on the project website: Reface Project Resources.

Syllabus of MOOC

The course is to be developed as the xMOOC (eXtended Massive Open Online Course: massive, open, and with multiple enrolment periods and subjects focused on scalability). It will be divided into 4 modules:

  1. Module 1 Resilience basic: roots & framework
  2. Module 2 Regional resilience: life cycle & components
  3. Module 3 Regional resilience planning: key players’ engagement & vulnerability assessment
  4. Module 4 Regional resilience: implementation, measuring & funding

Any region or community can experience a range of direct and indirect impacts as a result of various disasters and shocks. Within this course, the participants will have a chance to explore resilience, its various levels & types. They will be able to examine deeper a regional resilience and its life cycle phases as well as the risks, hazards, regional resilience components, and its interconnections. They will also get an insight into regional resilience planning and will learn about necessity of engagement and cooperation of the community and regional key players within the building of resilience strategies, plans their implementation as well as measuring of the impact of the planned measures and funding.

As always, we will appreciate your opinion and feedback! Do you think we covered the needs well? What is the situation like in your country? Let us know in the comments session.