Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Conference 2018
Global leaders, specialists, and practitioners in applied resilience measurement, evaluation, and learning (RMEL) are meeting in New Orleans to hold their first-ever conference from November 12-15. These RMEL innovators and experts are drawn from diverse disciplines, sectors, and geographies; their common passion is generating robust knowledge which enables society to better invest in paths to a resilient future for all.
The concept of resilience is evolving, from compelling theoretical concept to practical action, driven by the investments of governments, communities, and companies around the world. The RMEL Conference 2018 sets out to address two questions about what works for strengthening resilience: What does the evidence tell us? What do we still need to learn? As such, the conference seeks to:
- Accelerate resilience-building progress through improved measurement, analytical strategies, and learning; and
- Bring forward evidence about what works for enhancing the resilience of people and systems in differing contexts
Nathan is proud to be monitoring and chairing a session on Gender and Resilience Measurement: Tuesday, November 13 from 2:30-4:00 pm
here is growing recognition in the resilience measurement community that gender and social inequalities strongly affect resilience trajectories, and that women’s empowerment can strengthen the resilience of individuals, households, and communities. To this end, women, men, and different social groups require distinct, tailored approaches to effectively build their resilience capacities and safeguard well-being. However, current resilience measurement approaches are not always able to capture the gender- and socially-differentiated needs and impacts of resilience programs. Yet this evidence is critical to consolidate learning and identify best practices.
A number of unresolved technical and practical issues present challenges to addressing gender differences in resilience measurement. Given that both gender and resilience dynamics are highly context-specific, measurement approaches must be adapted to the given area of study and able to record unexpected nuance and heterogeneity. Measuring gender differences also requires individual-level data collection, the cost of which needs to be justified when the measurement is typically at the household-level. Guidance is needed for interpreting and applying complex gender data to inform programming.
This session will feature practitioner and research perspectives from Nathan, IFPRI, ACDI/VOCA, Mercy Corps, and FHI 360 on measuring gender aspects of resilience, including designing measurement approaches, essential areas of inquiry, methodologies, and the interpretation and application of data for program design, M&E, and learning. The panel will highlight research and program examples that provide evidence about gender and diversity differences in risks, capacities needed to deal with them, and what systemic, programmatic and policy changes are needed to advance equity and wellbeing. It will promote further learning and collaboration through a discussion with presenters and attendees on strengthening gender integration in resilience programming and measurement.
The session will be moderated by Lis Meyers, Managing Associate at Nathan, who facilitates the SEEP’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group. After presentations, she will lead panelists and attendees in a brief discussion on how we can work across the Resilience Measurement, Evidence, and Learning Community of Practice and WEE WG to expand the evidence base and learning on gender and resilience and design inclusive resilience programs that leverage women’s contributions to resilience. This discussion will yield further recommendations and next steps on measurement approaches to enhance the evidence base and design programs that advance gender equality and resilience.