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A Focused Review of Methodologies to Measure Resilience: An Analysis of Conceptual Presentations, Indicators, and Estimation Procedures

In line with the growing interest around resilience, and as investments continue to be made in resilience-focused programs and policies, the need for measurement will likely increase.

As a matter of fact, in recent years, the number of resilience measurement models has already been growing.

The present study was conducted to document the methodological features of a small sample of recent empirical studies of resilience, with the overarching objective of creating a transparent, readily accessible review framework that could support the ongoing documentation of methodologies used in connection with resilience measurement.

The description of measurement approaches was designed to address four focal questions:

1. Conceptual Presentation of resilience: How is resilience defined and presented as part of a causal proposition important for welfare outcomes?

2. Study features: What are basic study characteristics (e.g., countries, sample size, data sources) in which resilience measurement has been undertaken?

3. Focus of resilience indicators: What are the types and properties of indicators that have been used to measure resilience?

4. Analytical procedures: What is nature of the analytical procedures that have been used to construct variable and estimate relationships?

In the conclusions, additional steps are suggested to conduct more systematic reviews of resilience measurement, in order to allow consumers of resilience studies to make informed and data-based decisions about how best to monitor and track the effectiveness of resilience investments.

Technical Consortium for Building Resilience in the Horn of Africa, CGIAR. Authors: Mark A. Constas, Jenn Cisse, Erwin Knippenberg and Katie Downie
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