Measuring Resilience

This resource deals with how to measure resilience.


The prominence of the resilience narrative in international development contexts has led to a drive to justify spending on resilience-related interventions. This resource deals with the thorny issue of how to measure resilience. It presents bite-size chunks of information and signposts to other material that explores the following themes:

  • What are the challenges associated with trying to measure resilience?
  • What resilience measurement frameworks exist and how useful are they?
  • What have we learnt from programmes that have attempted to measure resilience?
  • How can we monitor and evaluate resilience interventions?
  • What is the evidence on reducing adverse livelihood impacts from shocks and stresses?
  • Is early action cost effective?

This resource is part of a series of inter-related resources synthesising knowledge on Resilience. It can be read in conjunction with the introductory resource What is Resilience?, and the more detailed resources on Risk Management and Financing and Social Protection and Climate Resilience. The Glossary and list of Acronyms will also assist readers in understanding the terminology used throughout this resource and the other resources in the Resilience series.


Sturgess, P.; DFID. Measuring Resilience. Evidence on Demand, UK (2016) 51 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.may2016.sturgess2]

Measuring Resilience

Published 1 January 2016