Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience: Fostering Community-Led Research and Knowledge

Tookit Cover ImageRiver Network’s new Community-Led Research Toolkit provides step-by-step guidance and lessons learned on how to effectively engage with community members to understand climate impacts and to develop more equitable climate resilience strategies. 

Communities across the United States are increasingly impacted by climate change and face growing problems like property damage, health concerns, and safety issues as a result of flooding and extreme heat. Inadequate wastewater treatment and lack of access to safe and affordable drinking water in many communities compound these threats.  

The community-based organizations that River Network supports work to address these impacts on residents and advocate for solutions to make communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. These organizations have repeatedly emphasized that to equitably and successfully carry out climate resilience solutions, it’s imperative to directly engage with community members to deeply understand how these threats directly impact them. Likewise, to formulate solutions that are equitable and truly work— and to get utilities and city officials to prioritize equitable investments in under-invested areas— organizations must directly engage with members of the community when identifying solutions. 

River Network’s new Community-Led Research Toolkit provides step-by-step guidance and lessons learned on how to effectively engage with community members to understand climate impacts and to develop equitable climate resilience strategies. 

The toolkit can help you answer: 

  • What is Community-Led Research and Knowledge? 
  • Why should you do Community-Led Research? 
  • What are the benefits of Community-Led Research? 
  • How do I conduct Community-Led Research? 

The toolkit also has real-world Community-Led Research case studies, a Community-Led Research Project Planning and Facilitation Guide, and extensive lists of references and resources. 

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