Evidence and Analysis

There is an increasing recognition that the resilience community needs to effectively measure and analyze resilience and resilience capacities.

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As international stakeholders and national governments increasingly recognize the importance of strengthening resilience and resilience capacities, there is also increasing recognition of the need to effectively measure and analyze them. The resilience measurement community agree on several common resilience measurement principles: 

  • The need to measure not only well-being outcomes like hunger, poverty and malnutrition, but also the shocks and stresses that households and communities experience and the potential sources of resilience (or resilience capacities) that explain why some households and communities are able to maintain their well-being in the face of these shocks and stresses, while other (less resilient) households and communities are not.
  • That resilience is best captured analytically through multifaceted measurement approaches, not a single indicator.
  • Collecting both objective and subjective data using mixed methods is critical, as is capturing resilience dynamics —ideally through panel designs that follow the same households and communities across time.

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