Why ResilienceMonitor?

The need for Understanding and Monitoring Resilience

The concept of Resilience has emerged as a new principle for international development, as a way of preventing human fatalities and developing capacities to adapt to climate change.

Resilience thinking is becoming influential in development and vulnerability reduction sectors. Yet, are concerned about the way the concept is currently being used. We believe that current ways of thinking about Resilience are too vague to help designing policies and programmes for improving development outcomes.

The debate has been dominated by an abstract discussion about how aid agencies and governments should describe and conduct their work.  

In ResilienceMonitor, we believe that thinking about people's resilience, offers an opportunity to focus development efforts on people's ability to deal with the problems and challenges they face. Resilience thinking offers an opportunity to work across silos and to develop a holistic understanding about development.

Yet, to date, most approaches to monitoring and evaluating resilience have built on deterministic approaches (identifying characteristics of resilience) by defining a set of quantifiable indicators. However, the factors that influence individual's resilience cannot always be captured through simple, linear and measurable indicators. A more complex story of a range of interacting factors must be told to understand Resilience in a meaningful manner. In order to provide meaningful support, far more contextual understanding is needed about what kind of support is most effective and how this can be best delivered. In ResilienceMonitor we are committed to build a body of empirical studies and a grounded understanding of resilience, helping us and our partners to better understand what kind of support is most effective and how this can best be delivered.

Working through a monitoring lens, allows us to reflect on a number of different issues and perspectives all together. It encourages us to think broader cross-sectoral and inter-disciplinary approaches in order to lead innovation.