Summary: A summary of the BRIC project’s aims and key findings.

Chapter 1: Introduction - An introduction to the project’s objectives, partners and pilot sites, and an explanation of key terms.  

Chapter 2: Behaviour Change Model - An explanation of Appreciative Inquiry, used as the project’s behaviour change model. Its purpose is to assess the level of community involvement at the start of the project and to ensure that planned events and activities incorporate people’s assets and strengths.  

Chapter 3: Tools for building community resilience to floods - A detailed description and evaluation of the social innovation tools used to sustain community flood resilience – flood action groups and flood wardens, training, community flood warning systems, resilience networks and the BRIC web platform. 

  • Face-to-face engagement tools – large-scale events, exhibitions, public consultations, artistic methods, awareness-raising campaigns and visualisation systems (augmented reality)
  • Specific tools – Householder’s Guide, flood safety plans and newsletters
  • Online engagement tools – story maps and podcasts   

Chapter 4: Sustaining community flood resilience - A detailed description and evaluation of the social innovation tools used to raise flood risk awareness:

Chapter 5: Stakeholder Engagement - An explanation of the tools used to promote stakeholder engagement – LinkedIn, cross-border seminars, presentations, BRIC talks and multi-agency meetings.  

Chapter 6: Pilot Site Evaluations - Evaluations of the activities carried out in each pilot site, including the changes observed because of BRIC interventions and recommendations for future action.  

Chapter 7: Cross border comparisons - An analysis of the differences in approaches to flood risk governance and community engagement in England and France, identifying common areas of weakness and required progress.

Chapter 8: Project-wide lessons learned - A description of project-wide lessons learned through discussions about the following themes:  

- Do social innovation tools work to build resilience to floods? 
- Approaches that each country could adopt  
- Is targeting specific audiences (such as elderly people and those furthest from the labour market) the right approach to raising awareness about flooding? and 
- The main challenges of managing a social innovation project  

Chapter 9: Conclusions about the project and reflections about the project’s specific outcomes – resilience networks, resilience toolkit and web platform.  

Chapter 10: Recommendations from the project partners for those defining and undertaking future social innovation projects and risk management authorities.