A little while back I shared a post where I attempted to make an assessment of how resilient an individual I am.
I based this spot of reflection around the emerging framework we have here at Camden around where people draw their strengths. These are essentially:
- The people we know and have relationships with (social resilience)
- The resources that we have access to (economic resilience)
- Our mental and physical condition (health and wellbeing resilience)
- Our surroundings (environmental resilience)
- What we have learned (skills and experience resilience)
As I’ve said in the past, this is by no means a definitive way of looking at this; it just helps to frame one’s thinking on a topic that can become vast very very quickly!
On this note, i’ve been grappling with a problem. If I wanted a very quick snapshot of how resilient a locality was against this framework, how would I go about it? Some colleagues have looked at pooling stats for different areas around the framework themes, and while this is fascinating stuff, I feel it lacks both the immediacy of the moment (because data has time lags), and, well I guess a bit of humanity.
I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a mini-survey that we could rattle through quickly with people, but which would give a topline flavour of residents’ strengths against these themes. My proposed questions are as follows:
- If you needed help with a challenge in your life, how confident are you that you’d know someone who could and would help you out?
- If you received a significant unexpected bill, how confident are you that you’d be able to pay it without it having a big impact on your finances?
- If you were to suffer an injury or illness, to what extent would it have a negative impact on your day to day life?
- In your local area, how easily can you access all the things that you need in your day to day life?
- When a challenge arises in your life, how often do you feel you have the skills and experience to deal with this on your own?
- What is your postcode?
Ok, wording/tone/grammar/spelling aside – I’d be really grateful for thoughts on this. My ideal is to have a sort of heat map where you could see across a locality (a London borough in this instance) where different strengths/weaknesses lie, and in turn I guess shape where greater investment in local strengths could be of benefit.
But what do you think? Would something like this work? Have you got any ideas on variations/alternatives to the questions one could ask? Really interested in views on this, because i’m not 100% sold on my own proposals!