Ask Ag About...Measuring Resilience
Event Date: Jan 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (GMT -5)
Location: United States
Online: Online Event
Join this month’s Ask Ag discussion in the comments area below to ask questions and share your own experiences with measuring resilience in a meaningful way.
Measurement is a key consideration for any development program, including those funded by USAID. It is, after all, one of the Core Operational Principles of USAID's Policy Framework. Resilience activities are no exception.
This month's Ask Ag discussion will consider how such a complex and context-specific issue as resilience is measured. Agrilinks has assembled a panel of M&E experts who are struggling with this very issue for a variety of donors, implementing organizations and learning institutions:Tiffany Griffin is the Lead Adviser on Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation and Strategic Analysis for the USAID Center for Resilience, which leads the agency's efforts to better integrate resilience into development programs. Lam Huynh, an M&E Capacity Building Fellow at USAID, will apply the "field lens" to your questions based on his experience coordinating a baseline impact evaluation on resilience in the Sahel.Joanna Upton has extensive experience researching food assistance policy in sub-Saharan Africa and its impact on local farmers and communities. Her recent postdoctoral work on resilience includes a paper that applies a resilience framework to the measurement of food security, which she co-authored with Chris Barrett and Jennifer Cissé. Marco d’Errico will share his experience authoring the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA), the FAO approach to measuring household resilience to food insecurity. He and his team measured resilience in almost 20 countries for the analysis. Jon Kurtz has worked with international NGOs and UN agencies to improve the impact of programming around livelihood, food security and disaster resilience. He currently serves as Mercy Corps’ Director for Research and Learning, where he leads the agency’s program research and impact evaluation efforts. Some guiding questions include:
- What are the primary metrics USAID and other donors are using to determine farmer capacities for resilience? What makes these metrics different from other metrics for resiliency?
- Are there existing tools that implementing partners can use to collect data on resiliency metrics?
- What tools does your project use for collecting information on the outcomes of interventions on resilience?
Ask Ag About...Measuring Resilience
Tiffany Griffin currently leads the resilience measurement, monitoring, evaluation, and analysis work for the Center for Resilience at USAID. Previously, she was Manager for Impact and Learning for the Democracy Fund, a private... more foundation in Washington DC, as well as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at USAID supporting the Feed the Future initiative. In this latter role, Tiffany provided leadership on food security resilience measurement, particularly with respect to impact evaluation. She also provided technical leadership on all phases of the evaluation process, including project management, design, implementation, dissemination, and results translation. Using mixed-methods approaches and systems modeling, Tiffany has applied research techniques typically confined to the lab to complex real-world contexts. Prior to her food security work at USAID, Tiffany worked in the US Senate on domestic health policy, as well as on domestic food and nutrition policy. Tiffany Griffin received her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, and has Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College. In her free time, she loves to cook (and eat) veg-centric cuisine, dance, watch documentaries, and make candles. less
Joanna Upton is a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Her areas of research include development economics, public policy analysis, food... more assistance, agricultural market analysis, pastoral systems, and resilience, with a regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work on food assistance policy analyzes specifically the relative impacts of cash versus food transfers in Niger, and the effectiveness of local and regional procurement and impacts on local farmers and communities. Recent work on resilience includes a paper co-authored with Chris Barrett and Jennifer Cissé that applies a resilience framework to the measurement of food security. less
Marco d’Errico works as lead econometrician for the Resilience Analysis and Policies team in FAO. He works on resilience measurement since 2009. He is the lead author of the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA), the... more FAO approach at measuring household resilience to food insecurity. Together with his team, he measured resilience in almost 20 countries, working together with World Bank, IFAD, UNICEF and WFP; the analyses range from country studies to impact evaluations. less
Jon Kurtz serves as Mercy Corps’ Director for Research and Learning, where he leads the agency’s program research and impact evaluation efforts. Prior to his current role, Mr. Kurtz worked with other international NGOs and UN... more agencies to improve their abilities to generate and use high quality evidence of program effectiveness and impact. Mr. Kurtz’ recent research includes studies that have examined the links between and between conflict and livelihood resilience in the Horn of Africa, the determinants of resilience to food insecurity in Sothern Somalia, and the roles of disaster risk reduction, financial inclusion, and social capital in disaster resilience and recovery in the Philippines and Nepal. His work has spanned both emergency and longer-term development contexts, including extensive stints in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. less
Lam Huynh currently supports the USAID Sahel Regional Office in Senegal which focuses on resilience. As an M&E Specialist he has over a decade of experience providing on development projects and activities. Having worked with... more USAID-funded partners, he has developed an expertise with U.S. government donor regulations for M&E design and reporting. In addition to his ability to build capacity in adherence to technical guidance for reporting, Mr. Huynh is skilled in results framework and indicator development, design and implementation of M&E tools, data collection methods and analysis, and evaluation reporting and presentations to decision-makers. He has solved data collection problems in challenging operational environments like Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and he has adapted methods to collect data from local and small civil society organizations (CSOs). In addition, he is skilled in facilitation and knowledge management for M&E. Mr. Huynh has an M.A. in International Development from American University (2009) and a B.A. in International Relations from St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas, 2007). His field experience includes work in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Central and South America, Central and East Africa and South Africa, India, and Vietnam. Mr. Huynh speaks English, French, Spanish and Vietnamese. less