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Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Award


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.


Members of the Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) consortium – Save the Children and its partners CORE Group, 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.


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




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.



Technical Meeting Notes

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


Guidance Documents

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

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: An Overview, by Sarah Henly-Shepard and Bradley Sagara with contributions from Jon Kurtz, Kristin Lambert, David Nicholson,  Tiffany Griffin and Justin Prud’homme

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance Series: Guidance Note No. 1 - Risk & Resilience Assessments, by Eric Vaughan and Sarah Henly-Shepard

Guidance Note 2: Measuring Shocks and Stresses, by Brad Sagara, Eric Vaughan, Chet Tamang, Tim Frankenberger, Tiffany Griffin and Jon Kurtz.

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 Workshops

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

Meetings and Events

The Resilience Evidence Forum (REF) 
Washington D.C. 
October 2-3, 2017 

REAL Technical Meeting, Value for Money (VFM)
Save the Children, 899 N. Capital St. N.E., Virginia Conference Room
March 23, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST



More Information

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