Share. Discover. Respond.

Working together to build community resilience in Maricopa County. 

The Knowledge Exchange For Resilience

The mission of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience is to support Maricopa County, Arizona by sharing knowledge, catalyzing discovery, and exchanging responses to challenges together, in order to build community resilience. We work to advance social cohesion, promote economic prosperity, and enhance environmental security to create profound and enduring change that brings resilience dividends.



The heart of our concept is to create a space for diverse people from across sectors to share knowledge and data. 



The exchange creates opportunities to discover gaps, liberate data, and learn ways to better work together. 



The approach helps us support resilient responses that bring short and long-term dividends. 

What is community resilience?

We define community resilience as the capacity for communities, institutions, and individuals to respond and adapt to shocks and long-term stresses. These shocks and stressors can occur broadly to society, economic systems, and to the physical environment.

How do we approach this challenge in a world that is changing so rapidly? Watch our video to discover the unique power of a coordinated knowledge exchange. 

We take a “First Mile” research approach

Often research aims to take findings “the last mile” to apply knowledge where decision-makers or policymakers can use them. But our approach is focused on the First Mile. First Mile research starts with bringing together people addressing those challenges directly to identify which questions or problems to study. The approach provides a role for community partners to share needs and insights that ultimately drive  the research process. The process includes sharing data, resources, and lived experiences, which help discover the root challenges. First Mile research results help find real-world solutions, uncover missed gaps, and develop community resilience responses. 

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The ASU Knowledge Exchange for Resilience is supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Piper Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona.