The tool is grounded in research and was developed with input from a national expert panel. It has demonstrated utility in urban, rural, and suburban settings. Within months of piloting there was already evidence of community change and some initial results of that change were the initiation of farmers’ markets and youth programs, among other outcomes. Now that the toolkit has been developed and demonstrated utility, the next steps are to disseminate it and to provide the necessary training and technical assistance. This report provides an overview of the project, including conceptual background information, a review of existing resilience efforts, research that informed the tool, a description of the project’s methodology, a description of the pilot events and outcomes, and recommendations for next steps.
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