Most commonly, the term resilience has come to mean an individual's ability to overcome adversity and continue his or her normal development. However, the RRC uses a more ecological and culturally sensitive definition. Dr. Michael Ungar, Co-Director of the RRC, has suggested that resilience is better understood as follows:
“In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.” (See also Ungar, 2008 and Ungar, 2011)
Transitioning from one service to another can be a confusing and stressful process, especially for youth. The risks they face in the home or community, as well as their strengths and abilities impact what services youth are referred to. The Pathways to Resilience Project seeks to better understand how youth navigate between mandated services (child welfare, education, mental health, and youth justice) to successful outcomes.
The Spaces and Places Research Project explores the ways in which communities can build better civic and cultural engagement with youth. A significant part of the research involved these youth creating arts-based dissemination projects to help give the findings back to local and broader communities.
The RRC has developed an easy to use Evaluation Tool Basket which is designed to help programs and organizations complete their own internal evaluation. The tools are written in plain-language and there are numerous tools included so that each program or organization can choose which ones are relevant to them. The RRC is also available for consultation.