Resilience Measurement

The concept of resilience is widely viewed as offering a platform on which a strategic response to these challenges may be based. The rapid growth in resilience-focused programmes has created a demand for results that can help demonstrate the effect of investments. To meet this demand, the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group (RM-TWG) was formed in 2013 as an initiative under the Food Security Information Network (FSIN).

Informed by the contributions of 20 experts in the field of measurement, the RM-TWG produced a set of papers that brought the goals of resilience measurement into focus and provided guidance on how to conceptualize and approach the measurement of resilience. The RM-TWG made a substantial contribution to the way in which resilience measurement can be conceptualized and implemented. It has succeeded in engaging membership of the world’s leading resilience measurement specialists and practitioners as well as providing a point of reference for building consensus around critical principles related to resilience measurement.

While progress on resilience measurement and analysis has been made, the question of how evidence from resilience measurement activities may support country-level and regional level decision making requires a focused response. To be useful, resilience measurement evidence should be more directly connected to decision making within countries and across regions.

REDDI’s vision is to work closely with local institutions and governments to provide technical and strategic leadership on resilience measurement issues so that rigorous procedures for resilience measurement are established and credible evidence related to resilience-focused investments and policies is more readily available.

REDDI’s mission is to provide technical advice and on-the-ground support to regional and national stakeholders on resilience measurement and policy development related to resilience capacity building. This mission will be achieved through the development of case studies, the provision of reviews of measurement frameworks and the consolidation of applied knowledge.

The strategy employed for REDDI can be described as a collaborative and demand driven effort that seeks to meet stakeholders’ needs for evidence that has both technical rigour and practical value. Work undertaken in the inception phase of REDDI will operationalize this strategy by creating the infrastructure needed to engage stakeholders and to generate needed outputs.