The outreach mission of the Center for Resilient Communities is to provide guidance for enhancing the well-being of communities and landscapes in Idaho and the US West. The basis for this is through co-produced knowledge built upon partnerships with communities, and local, state, and federal agencies. This includes the integration of place-based knowledge with social-ecological systems approaches for enhancing community resilience through the development of Community-based Observing Networks (CBONs). The Community-based Observing Network for Adaptation and Security in the Bering Sea has been running for eight years as network of Alaskan and Russian Far East communities.
The CRC has built a strong collaboration with the Idaho Rural Partnership (IRP) program through the analysis of the outcomes from the IRP’s 26 community reviews from the last 16 years. Ongoing community-based research has led to the development of adaptive capacity indices (ACI) and in particular the Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index (AWRVI).