RAFT Process

The RAFT Scorecard Process

The RAFT Scorecard aims to help localities become proactive in increasing their resilience to coastal storm hazards. The Core Team developed the Scorecard through research and comparison to other scorecards, in order to build on what has already been accomplished. The Advisory Committee and the first focus group advised that the scale for scoring should be 0 to 4 points and they assisted in identifying categories to include in the Scorecard.

The RAFT Scorecard was revised numerous times to reduce the possibility for variable judgement and to increase objective scoring. Working with professors’ oversight, graduate student assessors from the RAFT partner instituions completed the Scorecard assessment for the localities in question. Assessors provide citations for their sources and list their reasoning for how resulting scores were determined.

To learn more about The RAFT Scorecard, including how it was developed, how it is structured, and how it is used in the overall RAFT process, please see this video.

This website, Task # 92.03 was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA17NOS4190152 
of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. The views expressed
herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, or any of its subagencies.

This project is currently a partnership between the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia, the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience at Old Dominion University, and the Center for Coastal Studies at Virginia Tech. The former Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the William & Mary Law School participated in this partnership from 2015 until June 2023.


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