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Resilience Evidence for Decisions in Development - CONCEPT NOTE

An Initiative for Country and Regionally Focused Work on Resilience Measurement:

Set against the backdrop of challenges that stem from pressures such as climate change, resource constraints, political conflict, and food price volatility, the ability to reach a stable state of food security and overall well-being is a central priority for decision-makers. The concept of resilience is widely viewed as offering a platform on which a strategic response to these challenges may be based. The rapid growth in resilience-focused programmes has created a demand for results that can help demonstrate the effect of investments. To meet this demand, the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group (RM-TWG) was formed in 2013 as an initiative under the Food Security Information Network (FSIN). Informed by the contributions of 20 experts in the field of measurement, the RM-TWG produced a set of papers that brought the goals of resilience measurement into focus and provided guidance on how to conceptualize and approach the measurement of resilience. The RM-TWG made a substantial contribution to the way in which resilience measurement can be conceptualized and implemented. It has succeeded in engaging membership of the world’s leading resilience measurement specialists and practitioners as well as providing a point of reference for building consensus around critical principles related to resilience measurement.


While progress on resilience measurement and analysis has been made, the question of how evidence from resilience measurement activities may support country-level and regional level decision making requires a focused response. To be useful, resilience measurement evidence should be more directly connected to decision making within countries and across regions.


The last decade, for example, has seen the rapid growth of investments towards resilience, leading to the adoption of the concept of resilience in various sectors including agriculture and livelihoods, food security, urban settlements, climate change, ecology, and disaster risk reduction. Although investments continue to be made in resilience capacity building across sectors, robust verifiable evidence of the impact of these investments remains scarce. Consequently, the opportunity to build connections between evidence and decision making related to resilience-focused investment is limited.

To respond to the stakeholders’ need to access and/or produce credible evidence on resilience programmes and policies, a new strategy is required. A second phase of the RM-TWG has been initiated with the goal of moving beyond basic conceptual work on resilience measurement. This next phase of work, referred to as the Resilience Evidence for Decisions in Development Initiative (REDDI), is designed to better meet the measurement needs of selected countries and regions where resilience is important. Placing the evidence-related needs of countries and regions at the centre of its work will ensure that REDDI activities and products are technically sound and relevant. To facilitate efforts to build a foundation of evidence related to resilience programmes and policies, REDDI will also provide an operational platform on which new resilience measurement work can be carried out.


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