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Guidance Note No. 3 – Resilience Capacity Measurement

Eric Vaughan,
Tim Frankenberger,
Christy Forster,
Sarah Henly-Shepard ,
Kristin Lambert,
David Nicholson,
Brad Sagara,
Tiffany Griffin
Organizational Authors: 
USAID Center for Resilience,
Mercy Corps,
TANGO International
Year Published: 


Resilience has emerged as a way to understand and address the increasing complexity and magnitude of risk in humanitarian and development contexts. Yet, the ability to develop strategies and programs that increase resilience requires robust measurement and analysis methods. The USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance series intends to provide new insights based on recent efforts to assess, analyze, monitor, and evaluate resilience. The first guidance note in this series, Guidance Note No.1 – Risk & Resilience Assessments, introduced resilience assessments and when, why and how to conduct them. The second, Guidance Note No. 2 – Measuring Shocks and Stresses, described how to measure and analyze shocks and stresses. Here, we describe how to measure resilience capacities.

USAID defines resilience as “the ability of people, households, communities, countries and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.”1 This definition describes the relationship between three distinct elements that in combination form the basis of a resilience measurement framework – resilience capacities, shocks & stresses, and well-being outcomes.

Guidance Note No. 3 – Resilience Capacity Measurement

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