A monitoring instrument for resilience: new tool helps to measure results

Researchers explored the concept of resilience in the context of agriculture, making the basic assumption that an improvement in ecosystem resilience equals impact and will ultimately yield an improvement in human well-being. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)
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avr 18, 2015


Marianne Gadeberg


A new CCAFS Working Paper describes a monitoring instrument for efficiently tracking changes in resilience in agricultural initiatives.

This monitoring instrument has made great strides in grounding the occasionally lofty concept of resilience. In addition, it offers implementers of development interventions an opportunity to meet an ever-growing demand for impact reporting, without surpassing the scope typically allowed by a development project.

Yet challenges still remain, including the risk of misguided use of the tool. It might be possible to use this tool to artificially inflate the scope of the impact. Terry Hills, lead author of the publication detailing the tool, explains: “Could we for example use the instrument to argue that this blog post has improved the resilience of 7.2 billion people?”

While the instrument was designed to balance a rigorous framework with a high degree of flexibility, it should, like all such tools, be considered only a guiding document until a critical mass of users has trialed the instrument and provided feedback on how it can be improved. “Until tools like this one have been tested, refined and brought into more common use, the challenges of measuring and reporting changes to resilience will remain elusive for many of us,” concludes Hills.

Read the full blog post on the WLE Agriculture and Ecosystems blog: New tool offers development practitioners opportunity to measure resilience and report impact

Download the publication: A Monitoring Instrument for Resilience

The monitoring instrument for resilience is the result of shared efforts by researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE); the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).