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Picture of the cover of the resilience evidence forum report
In October 2017, over 150 people participated in the Resilience Evidence Forum (REF) to take stock of the latest evidence on resilience and its implications for policy and programming. Participants included USAID headquarters and field-based staff, implementing partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations organizations, donors, universities, research organizations, and partner-country government officials.

This technical document synthesizes the evidence that was presented at the forum 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 also find all the REF session presentations and recordings under the 
Resilience Evidence Forum page.
Picture of the cover of the gender brief.

This brief, the first in the Resilience in Action series, provides real-world examples and concrete recommendations for strengthening resilience strategy through integrating principles of gender equity and social inclusion. Aimed at USAID implementing partners and other practitioners, the brief highlights opportunities for applying resilience and gender equity and social inclusion approaches during program assessment; design; and implementation, monitoring and learning. 

The series, led by Mercy Corps, explores how a resilience lens shifts the design and implementation of interventions in key sectors or crosscutting themes. Upcoming briefs in this series will look at financial inclusion and climate and ecosystem-inclusive disaster risk reduction.

Photos of presenters at the launch event
From the left: Tiffany M. Griffin, Adviser, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Strategic Analysis, USAID Center for Resilience; Brad Sagara, Deputy Director, Research and Learning, Mercy Corps; Tim Frankenberger, President and Co-Founder, TANGO International

REAL launched the USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note Series during an event in April 2018. The event featured presentations by resilience experts and engaged the more than 150 online and in-person participants in interactive exercises. 

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. Unlike many other program impacts (nutrition levels, poverty, etc.), resilience is not an end in itself but rather an ability that shapes how and why outcomes change over time. This makes resilience measurement different from measurement of other program concepts, thus the need for this guidance. 

There are five guidance notes along with a summary brief in this series:
     1. Risk and Resilience Assessments
     2. Measuring Shocks and Stresses
     3. Resilience Capacity Measurement
     4. Resilience Analysis
     5. Design and Planning for Resilience Monitoring & Evaluation at the Activity Level

Photo of Ethiopian woman loading plastic water containers on a donkey.


The Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) project was launched in October 2012 in one of the most shock-prone areas of the world, the drylands of Ethiopia. The USAID-funded, Mercy Corps-led project aims to enable pastoralist households—and those transitioning out of pastoralism—to withstand and recover from recurrent shocks such as droughts and floods. Halfway through the PRIME project implementation period, in 2015, Ethiopia was affected by what is considered the country’s worst drought in more than 50 years. The Recurrent Monitoring Survey 2 (RMS-2) was launched in October 2015 to collect real-time data during the drought’s progression to provide key information for understanding household resilience dynamics. Along with the full report, prepared by TANGO International, REAL has produced a fact sheet summarizing the key findings and program implications of the RMS-2 analysis. 

Experts from the USAID Center for Resilience and TANGO International discussed key findings from the PRIME RMS-2 at a recent webinar hosted by the Resilience Measurement Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (RMEL CoP). The discussion also touched on other recent applications of the RMS approach. Please find links to the webinar recording, report and brief below. 


More than 120 people attended the REAL Short Course in Resilience Measurement. The course was held in June 2018 and consisted of three consecutive webinars (June 13, 20 and 27) on the five USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Notes. Recordings of all sessions and presentations are available for download via the REAL webpage.  

If you registered for any of the REAL Short Course sessions, please fill out our evaluation survey that will help inform follow-up activities to the course. 

The course included the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Risk and Resilience Assessments, Presenter: Sarah Henly-Shepard, Senior Advisor, Climate Change and Resilience, Mercy Corps
  • Session 2: Design and Planning for Resilience Monitoring & Evaluation at the Activity Level, Presenters: Diana Picon, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Mercy Corps | Jill Scantian, Regional Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor, Mercy Corps | Sonia Moldovan, Senior Technical Lead for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Mercy Corps
  • Session 3: Measuring Shocks, Stresses, and Resilience Capacities & Analyzing Resilience, Presenters: Brad Sagara, Deputy Director, Research and Learning, Mercy Corps | Tim Frankenberger, President and Co-Founder, TANGO International



The 2018 Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning (RMEL) Conference - November 13-15, New Orleans, USA. Convening resilience measurement experts, researchers, and practitioners, this conference will highlight state-of-the-art advancements in resilience measurement, analysis and learning, and bring forward evidence about what works for enhancing the resilience of people and systems in differing contexts. Learn more here.

The 2018 TOPS/FSN Network Asia Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting: Food Security Resilience at the Intersection of Development and EmergencyOctober 2-4, Bangkok, Thailand. This knolwedge sharing meeting brings together development and emergency implementers, academics and donors to share food security and nutrition innovations, emerging topics, promising practices and lessons learned. Learn more here.

The 13th European Evaluation Society (EES) Biennial Conference - October 1-5, Thessaloniki, Greece. The leading theme of the EES2018 Conference is Evaluation for more resilient societies. The Conference offers 5 days of debates on evaluation in times of financial, geopolitical, environmental and humanitarian crises. Learn more here.

The 2018 SEEP Annual Conference: Collaboration for Impact - October 1-3, Arlington, Virginia, USA. This conference will highlight the capacity of people and organizations to think systemically and design and implement collaborative change processes to realize a level of impact that no one project, sector, or organization can achieve alone. The session "Resilience Measurement to Practice: Bridging the Gap" will highlight practical approaches to measuring the contribution of program interventions to resilience building and how this evidence can be incorporated and used for program decision-making and motivating collaboration across program teams. Learn more here.
All products below can be downloaded from the REAL webpage at:

  • Zimbabwe Resilience Research Report
  • Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) Recurrent Monitoring Survey 2014-15 Deep Dive: Uncovering the Pathways to Resilience
  • Nepal Resilience Research Report 
  • Bangladesh Resilience Research Report
  • Nigeria LSMS Resilience Analysis - Phase I
  • Mali Resilience Research Report
Technical Meeting Notes
  • REAL Project Value for Money Technical Meeting Summary Notes
Guidance Documents
  • An Overview of the Recurrent Monitoring Survey (RMS)
  • Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series 1-5 plus brief
REAL Resilience in Action Series
  • Gender Equity and Social Inclusion
Resilience Workshops
  • Horn of Africa - Using Resilience Data for Programming Decisions Workshop Final Report
  • Asia Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Workshop Final Report & Resources
Concept Notes
  • Integrating Gender into Resilience Analysis: A Conceptual Overview
  • Measuring Resilience Across and Between Scales and How to Do It

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:
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The REAL Award is made possible by the generous support and contribution of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this email do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Photo in the Ethiopia PRIME RMS-2 article, credit: Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps 

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