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Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Award

 

About

Since gaining prominence among governments, donors and implementers in the wake of repeated drought crises in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, the concept of resilience and its relevance to addressing key issues of vulnerability and extreme poverty globally has continued to evolve. A key element of this evolution has been continual refinement of methods of data collection and analysis of resilience at multiple scales aimed at promoting evidence-based policy and program design and implementation guidance.

Increasing frequency and intensity of large-scale, complex crises throughout the world, and a desire among governments, donors and implementers to use limited resources most effectively make the need for learning related to resilience analysis and programming more critical than ever if we are to break the cycle of crises among extremely vulnerable households and communities.

The overall aim of the REAL Award is to inform and improve resilience policy and programming through strategic analysis, capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing.

For a 2-page brief describing the REAL Award, please click here. 

To sign up for the REAL Newsletter, please click here.

Partners

Members of the Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) consortium – Save the Children and its partners Food for the Hungry, Mercy Corps, and TANGO International – have been intricately involved in building the intellectual capital around resilience concepts, analysis, measurement, learning, and knowledge management related to resilience-related program design and implementation for USAID. Each of these partners is also member of the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program through which the REAL Associate Award was granted.

Objectives

The (REAL) Award provides rigorous analysis, relevant knowledge, and applicable guidance on best practices for resilience measurement, program design and implementation. This is achieved through a range of complementary activities:

Knowledge Capture: Identification of promising practices and use of existing data for context-specific resilience analysis

Knowledge Generation: Development of practical tools and guidance, adapted for multiple contexts and users


Knowledge Application: Demand driven capacity building through focused transfer of skills related to resilience analysis and program design

Knowledge Sharing: Collaboration and coordination among network actors enhanced through exchange of knowledge and information on best practices

Upcoming Event

REAL Short Course in Resilience Measurement

Session 4: Recurrent Monitoring Surveys - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 10:00-11:00 AM EDT
Presenters: Lynn Michalopoulos, Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, USAID Bureau for Food Security  | Tim Frankenberger, President, TANGO International | Jill Scantlan, Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Advisor, South and East Asia, Mercy Corps

Register here!

Resources 

Evaluations/Analyses

New! Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) Project Impact Evaluation by Lisa Smith, Tim Frankeberger, Karyn Fox, Suzanne Nelson, and Tiffany Griffin. 

New! Somalia Resilience Recurrent Monitoring Survey (RMS) Report by Stephanie Martin.

Asia Resilience Review by  Jeanne Downen, Monica Mueller and Tim Frankenberger.

Midline Survey Resilience Analysis: Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) Program Impact Evaluation by Lisa Smith, Timothy Frankenberger, Suzanne Nelson, Carrie Presnall.

PRIME Project Impact Evaluation: Report of Recurrent Monitoring Survey 2 (RMS-2) by Lisa Smith, Tim Frankenberger, Suzanne Nelson. Review the brief here

Zimbabwe Resilience Research Report - Final, by Stephanie Martin, Monica Mueller, Suzanne Nelson, Justin Mupeyiwa, Jason Taylor, Tiffany Griffin

Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME) Recurrent Monitoring Survey 2014-15 Deep Dive: Uncovering the Pathways to Resilience, by Tim Frankenberger and Lisa Smith

Nepal Resilience Research Report - Final, by Tom Bower and Monica Mueller, with contributions from Arif Rashid, Tiffany Griffin, Mara Mordini, Chung Lai, Olga Petryniak, Mark Pommerville, Rebecca Goldman and Rajesh Dhungel.

Bangladesh Resilience Research Report - Final, by Victoria Brown with contributions from Tiffany Griffin, Chung Lai, Rafiqul Islam, Jillian Waid and Matthew Will. 

Nigeria LSMS Resilience Analysis - Phase I, by Brad Sagara, Patrick Baxter, Rafael Corral, Chris Gray, Galia Rabchinsky, Kaitlyn Turner, Jon Kurtz and Tiffany Griffin.

Mali Resilience Research Report by Victoria Brown, Mark Langworthy, Monica Mueller, Tom Bower and Lisa Woodson

Case Study Series

Risk and Resilience Assessment Case Study Series - A series of cases, representing very different applications, explore central questions for practitioners interested in conducting a risk and resilience assessment.

The series includes:

Overview

Case 1: Mid and Far West Nepal

Case 2: Niger

Case 3: Karamoja, Uganda

Guidance Documents

Resilience and Resilience Capacities Measurement Options - A set of five documents intended to be used together for measuring and analyzing resilience in relevant USAID-funded activities

An Overview of the Recurrent Monitoring Survey (RMS) by Tim Frankenberger, Lisa Smith, and Tiffany Griffin

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: An Overview

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: Guidance Note 1 - Risk & Resilience Assessments, by Eric Vaughan and Sarah Henly-Shepard

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: Guidance Note 2 - Measuring Shocks and Stresses, by Brad Sagara, Eric Vaughan, Chet Tamang, Tim Frankenberger, Tiffany Griffin, and Jon Kurtz

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: Guidance Note 3 - Resilience Capacity Measurement, by Eric Vaughan, with contributions from Tim Frankenberger, Christy Forster, Sarah Henly-Shepard, Kristin Lambert, David Nicholson, Brad Sagara, and Tiffany Griffin

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: Guidance Note 4 - Resilience Analysis, by Brad Sagara, Lisa Smith, Tim Frankenberger, Jon Kurtz, and Tiffany Griffin

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: Guidance Note 5 - Designing and Planning for Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation at the Activity Level, by Diana Picon

New! Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note Series 6: Recurrent Monitoring Surveys by Jill Scantlan, Brad Sagara, Tim Frankenberger and Tiffany Griffin

REAL Resilience in Action Series

Climate & Ecosystem-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, by Sarah Henly-Shepard

Gender Equity and Social Inclusion, by Audrey Anderson

Resilience Workshops

Workshop: Key Resilience Evidence from the Horn of Africa, September 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  

Horn of Africa Resilience Workshop: Application of Evidence for Decision Making, May 13-16, 2019 in Entebbe, Uganda.  

Horn of Africa - Using Resilience Data for Programming Decisions Workshop Final Report, by Elizabeth Cuellar, Carrie Presnall, Maryada Vallet, Vicki Brown, Emma-Perez Baker and Padraic Finan

Asia Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Workshop Final Report, by Tim Frankenberger, Mark Langworthy, Karyn Fox, Brad Sagara, Ratri Sutarto, Karine Garnier, Greg Collins, Dr. Pedcris Orencio, Tom Spangler, Nigoon Jitthai and Padraic Finan.

Asia Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Workshop Resources

Concept Notes

Integrating Gender into Resilience Analysis: A Conceptual Overview, by Kristi Tabaj, Tom Spangler, Laurie Starr, Audrey Anderson, Karine Garnier and Tiffany Griffin.

Measuring Resilience Across and Between Scales and How to Do It, by Chris Béné

Technical Meeting Notes

Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Project Value for Money Technical Meeting Summary Notes, by Tom Spangler

Past Events:

Launch of the USAID Resilience and Resilience Capacities Measurement Options

This launch event took place on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Washington, DC with the option to participate online.

The USAID Resilience and Resilience Capacities Measurement Options provide guidance for USAID Missions and implementing partners on measuring and analyzing resilience outcomes in their programs and activities. The guidance presents three measurement approaches for analyzing resilience (Light, Intermediate, and Full), 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. Click here to learn more.

In case you missed this event you can access the recording here. The presentation can be downloaded via this link.

REAL Short Course in Resilience Measurement

Session 1: Risk and Resilience Assessments, Presenter: Sarah Henly-Shepard, Senior Advisor, Climate Change and Resilience, Mercy Corps
In case you missed this webinar you can access the recording here. The presentation can be downloaded from this page.
 
Session 2: Design and Planning for Resilience Monitoring & Evaluation at the Activity Level - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 10:00-11:30 AM EDT
Presenters: Diana Picon, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Mercy Corps | Jill Scantlan, Regional Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor, Mercy Corps | Sonia Moldovan, Senior Technical Lead for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Mercy Corps
In case you missed this webinar you can access the recording here. The presentation can be downloaded from this page.
 
Session 3: Measuring Shocks, Stresses, and Resilience Capacities & Analyzing Resilience - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 10:00-11:30AM EDT
Presenters: Brad Sagara, Senior Resilience Researcher, Mercy Corps | Tim Frankenberger, President and Co-Founder, TANGO International
In case you missed this webinar you can access the recording here. The presentation can be downloaded from this page.

Launch of the USAID Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Note Series

USAID/FFP, 555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20002
April 12, 2018, 9:00 – 10:30 AM EDT

The Resilience Evidence Forum (REF)

Resilience Evidence Forum Report
Washington D.C. 
October 2-3, 2017 

More Information

To learn more about the Resilience, Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Award, contact Tom Spangler at Save the Children.