Institutionalizing Urban Resilience

A Midterm Monitoring and Evaluation Report of 100 Resilient Cities

The Urban Institute, with financial support from The Rockefeller Foundation, released an independent report of midterm findings in its multi-year evaluation showing that, in the five years since its creation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is making important progress in helping urban areas around the world institutionalize and build resilience to a wide range of shocks and stressors.

The report, completed by the Urban Institute, finds that 100RC’s unique approach is leading to wider adoption of holistic resilience planning practices and the “de-siloing” of city operations to tackle social, economic, and physical challenges of the 21st century.

Key findings of the Urban Institute’s evaluation include:

  • Membership in 100RC helps cities institutionalize resilience
  • 100RC helps cities implement solutions
  • 100RC’s model has a unique breadth and depth of engagement
  • Lessons from 100RC have spread beyond the 100RC network

“I’m excited about Urban’s involvement in this unique global experiment—the first and only that attempts to build resilience in city institutions in such a wide number of cities around the world.”
– Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute


The initiative transforms school yards from asphalt into lower temperature green spaces that all Parisians can use during heatwaves.

Los Angeles

Working with local leadership, the mayor of Los Angeles has appointed over 30 departmental Chief Resilience Officers within city government to incorporate resilience across city functions.


Over $100 million in external investment, including the largest grant in city history to help Norfolk address a number of resilience challenges.


City officials have incorporated resilience into an inclusive budget process – routinely screening new spending items to maximize resilience benefits.

Download the Report, Summary, and Case Studies