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A YEAR IN REVIEW & SEASON'S GREETINGS!

In this update we look back at 2018 and highlight some of the key activities and publications REAL developed over the course of another productive year. 

The REAL team would like to extend warm wishes to all of you for a happy holiday season and we look forward to continuing our work together in 2019 towards building resilience of families, communities and countries around the world.

 

Photo credit: Gary Dowd / Save the Children
RESILIENCE AND RESILIENCE CAPACITIES MEASUREMENT OPTIONS
 

 
The Resilience and Resilience Measurement Options were launched during a well-attended event in Washington, DC (and online) on November 8, 2018. You can view a recording of the online version of the launch here and download the presentation here.  

The guidance presents a range (Light, Intermediate, and Full) of adaptable measurement approaches for analyzing resilience, each of which reflects a different level of effort―and budget―in terms of the survey instrument and analysis used (i.e., number of questions asked and analyzed). A methodological guidance document and an enumerator guide support the user to adjust the survey instrument to a specific context and to analyze the collected data.

 

Data collection with a family in Eritrea. Photo: Karyn Fox, TANGO International
RESILIENCE MEASUREMENT PRACTICAL GUIDANCE NOTE SERIES
& SHORT COURSE

 
REAL launched the USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note Series during an event in April 2018, followed by a Short Course in June.

The series synthesizes existing technical documents into pragmatic guidance to assist practitioners in integrating core aspects of resilience measurement into their program assessments, design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In five parts, the series introduces key concepts and guides practitioners through the process of resilience measurement.  

The launch event was followed by the REAL Short Course in Resilience Measurement, a series of three webinars that dove deeper into the content of the guidance notes and included interactive exercises to support practitioners in their understanding and application of the guidance. View the webinar recordings and download presentations here

Coming in 2019: Resilience Measurement FAQ - A collection of frequently asked questions gathered from the launch event, short course and other activities, answered by the REAL team of experts. 
RESILIENCE RESEARCH REPORTS
 
In 2018, REAL published evidence from Zimbabwe, Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The reports provide insights into factors that strengthen household and community resilience in each of these contexts and can serve as the foundation for an evidence base for improving resilience programming. 

All reports can be found at www.fsnnetwork.org/REAL  
PARTICIPATION IN GLOBAL EVENTS
 
REAL consortium partners shared experiences and knowledge on topics such as risk and resilience assessments, recurrent monitoring surveys, gender and resilience, among others, at several large knowledge sharing events and conferences in 2018. 

TOPS/FSN Network Asia Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting in Bangkok in October, 2018.
REAL partners participated together with over 150 implementers, donors, and researchers in this conference to share food security innovations, emerging topics, promising practices and lessons learned. View materials, photos and tweets here

RMEL CoP Conference 2018 in New Orleans, November 2018.
As one of the sponsors of this event, REAL presented in several panels and we hosted a Resilience Chat Corner where participants could find information and publications. Check out photos, tweets and materials from the conference here.

 
Picture of the cover of the gender brief.
RESILIENCE IN ACTION: GENDER EQUITY & SOCIAL INCLUSION

This brief is the first in the Resilience in Action series and provides real-world examples and concrete recommendations for strengthening resilience strategy through integrating principles of gender equity and social inclusion. The series, led by Mercy Corps, explores how a resilience lens shifts the design and implementation of interventions in key sectors or crosscutting themes.

Coming in 2019: Briefs on financial inclusion and climate and ecosystem-inclusive disaster risk reduction.
Picture of the cover of the REF Report
RESILIENCE EVIDENCE FORUM REPORT

This report synthesizes the evidence that was presented at the Resilience Evidence Forum (REF) in October, 2017, on the varied sources of resilience that enable households, communities, and countries to manage and adapt to adversity and change without compromising their well-being. You can find all the REF session presentations and recordings here.
ABOUT THE RESILIENCE EVALUATION, ANALYSIS AND LEARNING (REAL) AWARD

REAL is a consortium-led award funded by USAID Center for Resilience. It was established to respond to growing demand among USAID Missions, host governments, implementing organizations, and other key stakeholders for rigorous, yet practical, monitoring, evaluation, strategic analysis, and capacity building support. Led by Save the Children, REAL draws on the expertise of its partners: Food for the Hungry, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International. To learn more about REAL, please download this 2-pager and/or visit: www.fsnnetwork.org/REAL.
 
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