Frontiers in Resilience Measurement and Evaluation
Incredible progress has been made in measuring household resilience to the impacts of natural disasters and other crises. This has been achieved through efforts to monitor recovery post shock (e.g. post-earthquake Nepal, post-typhoon Philippines, complex emergencies in Somalia, etc.) as well as prospective holistic assessments to understand the dynamic social, ecological and economic systems within which communities operate and how they are affected by shocks.
Knowing what makes households resilient is only half the battle - now practitioners must evaluate what works to build resilience. Validating a resilience approach to international development must be built on empirical evidence demonstrating efficacy and cost-effectiveness - otherwise resileince proponents remain vulnerable to skepticism, critique, and rejection. This panel at the American Evaluation Association Conference, comprised of four resilience measurement experts from Mercy Corps, Oxfam UK, TANGO International, and Tulane University, will share their experience and insights of recently concluded studies responding to these questions. Presenters will discuss methodological approaches, challenges, key findings, and issues for future research.