Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance USAID Center for resilience

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.

Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance

Resilience highlights the positive capacity to anticipate, prepare for, and recover from shocks and stressors to prevent households and communities from suffering long-term adverse consequences. USAID’s Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance series synthesizes existing technical documents into pragmatic “how to” guidance needed by practitioners to integrate core aspects of resilience measurement into their program assessments, design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.


This overview document lays out the background and purpose of the Guidance Note (GN) series, introduces core concepts, and previews the content of the Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance series.


A risk and resilience assessment provides a means for practitioners to better understand the complex factors that influence resilience to shocks and stresses in a given context. This process is critical to developing and improving a theory for effecting change, upon which resilience-building strategies can be based.

Shocks Measurement

Investing resources in resilience building requires earnest efforts in resilience measurement and analysis, and an indispensable component of resilience measurement is shock measurement. The second guidance note builds on the first by describing how to measure and analyze shocks and stresses.

Resilience Measurement

The ability to develop strategies and programs that increase resilience requires robust measurement and analysis methods. The third note in the USAID Practical Guidance series intends to provide new insights based on recent efforts to assess, analyze, monitor, and evaluate resilience.

Resilience Analysis

This guidance note describes well-being outcomes and focuses on various quantitative and qualitative approaches to analyzing these three components of the resilience measurement framework.

Design and Planning for Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation at the Activity Level

This guidance note walks readers through the steps to be taken during the program cycle to plan for monitoring and evaluation – to better understand whether the resilience approach is contributing to households' and communities' ability to mitigate shocks and stresses.

Recurrent Monitoring Surveys

Recurrent monitoring surveys are tools for capturing how individuals, households, and communities employs resources and strategies to respond to shocks and stresses and understanding how this affects their well-being in the short- and long-term. This guidance note was developed to introduce development practitioners to many of the key considerations for setting up, designing and deploying an RMS.