Measuring Up to the Resilience Challenge

The Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (CoP), in conjunction with members and partners, recently held the RMEL Conference 2018 in New Orleans.

Photographs by Andrew Goss


Global leaders, specialists, and practitioners in applied resilience measurement, evaluation, and learning (RMEL) met in New Orleans to hold their first-ever conference from November 12-15. These RMEL innovators and experts were 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 seeked 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.

Through a rich two-day program of plenary sessions, panels, and papers, the conference shared innovations, showcased established resilience measurement and learning methods, and demonstrated how these approaches are generating practical insights as well as knowledge that informs action. The conference was followed by a convening and skills-building day, during which delegates collaborated in agenda-setting sessions to develop resilience measurement, evidence and learning outputs and recommendations which can guide the global resilience field. The skills-building sessions offere opportunities to engage with leading RMEL experts. Outcomes from the conference will be reported through a series of online and print fora.

“The RMEL Conference 2018 IS the place to be… our program aims to stimulate the global resilience agenda through show-casing proven Resilience Measurement, Evaluation and Learning methods. Join us in New Orleans to map pathways to meet the resilience challenge and move practice forward.”
— Georgina Jordan, Former Co-Director, RMEL CoP


Read the welcome statement from the RMEL Conference 2018 Program Committee Co-Chairs and the RMEL CoP Co-Directors here.

Program at a glance

Take a look at the conference program here.


Look at photographs from the conference here.

The RMEL Conference 2018 was hosted by the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (RMEL CoP), in conjunction with members and partners, with a shared commitment to strengthening the evidence base for resilience investments.

The RMEL CoP is a growing network of over 250 resilience measurement, evaluation and learning specialists, including academics, researchers, development specialists, and practitioners from around the world. The RMEL CoP has been made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.