Tool users and developers’ workshop – Washington

As part of our work on tools and approaches, we held a workshop in Washington D.C. with tool users and developers, with organisations representing the ‘operate and maintain’ end of the value chain.


October 2018



100 Resilient Cities

The Washington D.C. workshop, held on 30 October 2018 and convened by 100 Resilient Cities, focused on organisations representing the Diagnose and Conceive section of the value chain of critical infrastructure. Participants included a wide range of private and non-profit tool developers, city and state tool users, and private and non-profit organizations that influence the use of tools.

Facilitated by the 100 Resilience Cities’ Strategy Delivery team, the workshop was the first of workshop in this series, followed by events in New Orleans and London.

See workshop blog.

See Washington D.C. workshop report.


We asked participants what their needs and challenges were in terms of implementing resilience tools.


The Supply session gave five tool developers an opportunity to pitch their tool and the ways that it is being used and accessed.


The final session discussed the Support needed by users and developers, in light of their experience and reflections on the day.

Tools presented


Developed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)



Developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


Resilience Atlas

Developed by Conservation International



Developed by RVR with 100RC and The Rockefeller Foundation



Developed by Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

“This workshop brought together two very important groups of people – tool users and tool developers – which allowed us to have a very fruitful conversation to better understand the challenges faced by each party. This was particularly useful for me as a tool developer because it helped me to better understand the challenges that the implementers of resilient infrastructure faced so that my tool could better support them. I can now take this thinking back with me as I plan the next steps for the development and roll-out of CAT-I”

-Geoffrey Morgan, CAT-I Developer, United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS)

“This kind of workshop reflects that resilience cannot be built by governments alone, but that commitment from developers, the private sector, and civil society is necessary to design and implement stronger programs. In fact, after presenting our challenge at the workshop and interacting with the tool developers we decided to use the RVR tool this Spring in my city!”.

-Martina Ferrarino, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Buenos Aires