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Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI) Approach

Process for Assessing Social Benefits of Ecological Restoration

All photos by Rick McKinney. Image 1 is a person kayaking down the Woonasquatucket River, images 2 and 3 are the Woonasquatucket River. The Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI) Approach is an easy-to-use process for assessing restoration sites using non-monetary benefit indicators. It uses readily-available data to estimate and quantify benefits to people around an ecological restoration site. Whether you are a federal, state, or local manager, or a member of an interest group or funding organization, this simple yet powerful site analysis will allow you and your stakeholders to systematically and equitably incorporate social benefits in restoration decisions.

Fact Sheet: Rapid Benefit Indicators Approach


 

Checklist Tool and Fillable Checklist Form

This toolkit uses a macro-enabled Microsoft® Excel workbook and was developed in Excel 2013. It may or may not be back- or forward-compatible with different versions of Excel (including Mac® operating systems). If the checklist tool is not compatible with your system, you can download the Fillable Checklist Form, which is a fillable PDF file. Operating system and hardware requirements for running this tool are the same as those for using Microsoft Excel 2013.Exit

Date Description
01/04/2017 RBI Approach Checklist Tool, Fillable Form, and Manual (all-in-one webpage)
This webpage provides the interactive tool with associated manual and an alternative to the interactive tool all in one location. Each component can also be accessed individually below.
RBI Approach Checklist Tool (interactive Excel spreadsheet)
This tool accompanies the guidebook and provides a way to record information and compare sites using the RBI Approach. It includes prompts to guide you through the assessment process and automatically summarizes entries.
RBI Approach Fillable Checklist Form (pdf)
This alternative to the interactive Checklist Tool is a fillable and will work on any operating system. It does not have all the functionality of the spreadsheet and will only allow for the comparison of two sites at a time.
RBI Approach Checklist Tool Quick Start Manual
This manual provides information on starting and using the Checklist Tool

Spacial Analysis Toolset

The toolset is run using an ArcGIS Python toolbox. The toolbox must be used within ESRI’s desktop software, ArcMap or ArcCatalog, versions 10.1 or newer. The toolset is not yet compatible with ArcGIS Pro, and has only been tested on desktop versions 10.1-10.5. Operating system and hardware requirements for running this tool are the same as those for using ArcGIS desktop.Exit

Date Description
12/14/2017 RBI Approach Spatial Analysis Toolset and Manual (all-in-one webpage)
This webpage provides the toolset and associated manual in one location. Eaach component can also be accessed individually below.
RBI Approach Spatial Analysis Toolset (ArcGIS toolbox)
This toolset (.pyt) is intended to be used to analyze existing spatial information to produce metrics for the indicators developed in the RBI Approach Guidebook. It uses ArcPy functionality within ArcGIS to run the spatial analysis. This tool can be used in place of the Checklist Tool and produces a similar formatted report of results.
RBI Approach Spatial Analysis Toolset Manual
This manual gives directions on the mechanics of the toolset and its data requirements. (Information on the reasoning behind the indicators and how to use results of the assessmentcan be found in the RBI Approach Guidebook.)

Guidebook

Date Description
01/04/2017 RBI Approach Guidebook
The guidebook presents the RBI Approach using an example application to wetland restoration. In this guide, each step of the RBI approach is introduced by an overview section that summarizes the step and explains how to apply it. Following the full walkthrough, you will find Step in Action pages that demonstrate how the step is applied in a real-world scenario, using an example application to freshwater wetland restoration in the Woonasquatucket River Watershed in Rhode Island, USA.

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Capabilities

The RBI Approach allows users to quickly estimate and quantify benefits to people around an ecological restoration site. It includes several tools to help users develop and summarize indicators.

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Applications

Examples of how the RBI Approach can be used for restoration projects:

  • Prioritize restoration sites and projects
  • Screen projects that may require further evaluation
  • Justify funding requests
  • Assess who may benefit the most from a project
  • Evaluate tradeoffs
  • Inform people about the benefits of restoration
  • Evaluate what a project has accomplished
  • Inform further planning
  • Inform a structured decision making process or monetary evaluation

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Resources

RBI Approach Research Publications

Research Publications Related to the RBI Approach (Projects using the approach)

Related Resources

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Technical Support

  • Contact us with questions or comments about the RBI Approach.