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What are the resilience dashboards?

Dash board example The resilience dashboards aim to provide a holistic assessment of resilience in the EU and Member States in relation to ongoing societal transformations and challenges ahead. Namely, through a broad set of indicators, the dashboards  assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of countries and help them identify areas for further analysis and potential policy actions. They also allow to evaluate how the EU27 is doing with respect to major non-EU countries.

The dashboards include a selection of indicators that depict:

  1. Capacities - enablers and/or opportunities to navigate the transitions and face future shocks; and
  2. Vulnerabilities - obstacles or aspects that can exacerbate the negative impact of the challenges related to the green, digital, and fair transitions.

The choice of indicators was made with a forward-looking perspective, informed by strategic foresight. In fact, the indicators are strongly linked to relevant megatrends – long-term driving forces that will most likely have a significant impact on Europe’s future.

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The detailed dashboards for the EU and non-EU countries are complemented by synthetic resilience indices, which aim to illustrate the overall relative situation of vulnerabilities and resilience capacities along each of the four dimensions.

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Through its holistic approach, the development of resilience dashboards should be considered as a first step towards an integrated approach for measuring people’s wellbeing beyond GDP, in a moment when the disruption of established lifestyles by the COVID crisis has intensified the debate around it, as also highlighted in the recent Porto Declaration.

The dashboards will be updated and reviewed as new indicators and data become available. You can find the Resilience Dashboards report and its annex here.

The Commission welcomes comments and inputs on the resilience dashboards until the 30 September 2021, to be sent to : jrc-resilience@ec.europa.eu

 

 

How are the resilience dashboards built?

As a follow up to the 2020 Strategic Foresight Report, the resilience dashboards have been constructed through a collective intelligence process involving all European Commission services, Member States and experts from academia and other institutions.

Namely, Member States were consulted in the context of the EU-wide Foresight Network. A technical discussion with the Member States on the dashboards took place on 16 April 2021. Subsequently, the resilience dashboards were presented and discussed at the launch of the EU-wide Foresight Network at Ministerial level, on 17 May 2021, in Coimbra, Portugal.

 

Monitoring resilience

The 2020 Strategic Foresight Report put forward resilience as a new compass for EU policies. Resilience is defined as the ability not only to withstand and cope with challenges but also to undergo transitions, in a sustainable, fair, and democratic manner.

Strengthening the resilience of the EU and Member States is key in the light of ongoing societal transformations and potential expected or unexpected crises. That is also why monitoring resilience is so important and why the 2020 Strategic Foresight Report proposed to develop resilience dashboards in four interrelated dimensions: social and economic, geopolitical, green, and digital.

 

Work in progress

An interactive tool to navigate through the resilience dashboards is under construction.