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Resilience Index

Project Status: WIP – Initial development is in progress, but there has not yet been a stable, usable release suitable for the public. Contributor Covenant


What does it do?

The Resilience Index maps Local Authorities based on potential need for support (vulnerability) and capacity to meet that need.

What is covered

There are three indices, one of each of the British Red Cross 2030 Strategic Causes: (1.) health inequalities; (2.) Disasters & Emergencies; (3.) Displacement & Migration.

Where is covered?

The Resilience Index maps Local Authorities in each of the four devolved nations across the UK.

Output (Maps)

  • Twelve maps/scores in total. Three indices, across four nations.
  • Each map is specific to a single cause and nation and presents a resilience score:

Output (Tables)

  • Data tables will also be available with indicator scores, domain scores, vulnerability & capacity scores, and overall resilience scores:

Calculating Resilience

  • Indicators are combined to form domains, which are then combined to form capacity & vulnerability scores, which are then compared side-by-side to form a resilience score.


Does the Resilience Index replace the COVID-19 Vulnerability Index?

No. The indices cover different needs. The COVID-19 VI is specific to COVID-19 only.

Can the indices of each nation be compared side by side?

No. They are designed to be viewed independently.

Where can I find more info?

Long form documentation can be found at here


The Resilience Index closely resembles an R package in structure. If you are new to R packages, the R Packages book is a good resource, and will help you understand how to navigate this repository. An R package structure was chosen as it is a well tested convention for organising code and related artefacts that comes with a bunch of free tools (e.g., dependency management via the DESCRIPTION file).

Unlike a typical R package, all the .R source files live within subdirectories of R/ to make it easier to navigate through the files. Each dimension of the resilience index (capacity and resilience) is split by BRC strategic cause (disasters & emergencies, migration & displacement, and health inequalities) and devolved nation (eg. , capacity/disasters-emergencies/england/). For each of these subfolders, each of the indicators which make up the relevant component (specified in the path of the subfolder) should occupy a single file. Each single file should typically export a data set that contains two columns, one with a unique identifier (e.g., local authortiy code) and one with the metric of interest (e.g., unemployment rate). These single files serve as the reproducible building-block for that component. The data/ folder mirrors this structure. This makes both documenting and updating the indicators easier.

Old code that was written before this repository got refactored to an R package structure, can now be found in the depreciated/ folder. This code will slowly get ported to the new format, and will no longer be supported in the long term.


  • The Resilience Index is currently under active development, and only exists in a limited capacity at this time. Check the metadata files in /R to see the progress of each cause in each nation.

  • Last update: 07.02.2022

  • Notes: complete segments are only provisional and are subject to change (e.g., indicator amendments and weighting)

Nation Strategic Cause Vulnerability Capacity Shocks
England Health Inequalities ✔️ ✔️ 🚫
England Disasters & Emergencies ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ - Heat Hazards
Scotland Health Inequalities ✔️ 🚫
Scotland Disasters & Emergencies ✔️ ✔️ - Heat Hazards
Wales Health Inequalities 🚧 - Under development 🚫
Wales Disasters & Emergencies ✔️
Northern Ireland Health Inequalities ✔️ ✔️ 🚫
Northern Ireland Disasters & Emergencies ✔️ 🚧 - Under development ✔️ - Fires & Floods


To contribute to this project, please follow GitHub Flow when submitting changes.

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.


Designed and developed by Mike Page, Matt Thomas, Ellen Gordon, Freya Neason and Aileen McDonald at the British Red Cross.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.


Resilience Index combining vulnerability and capacity to cope for UK geographies







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