Convening and Skills-Building Day

The Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning (RMEL) Convening 2018 took place on the 15th of November 2018 in New Orleans, following the RMEL Conference 2018. The convening was hosted by the RMEL Community of Practice, and was open to all delegates and RMEL CoP members.

The purpose of this day was to take stock of how the growing and diverse RMEL community is contributing to Strengthening the Evidence Base for Resilience Investments, and to set a collaborative knowledge, evidence and influencing agenda for leveraging that contribution further in 2019 and beyond. The day provided a variety of opportunities to work with other colleagues and develop knowledge products, shape new collaborations, as well as inform agendas for the evolving RMEL field.

To this end, the program included the following sessions:

  • Synthesizing the Evidence: The challenge and promise of synthesizing systems-level evidence

  • Applying RMEL to Resilience Practice: From Evidence and Knowledge to Action!

  • Round Table: How can resilience measurement shape the billions, not just the millions?


The sessions, organized and facilitated by members, provided collaborative spaces through which participants could reflect on the conference, and engage in agenda-setting for the RMEL field, and its contribution to resilience policy, practice and finance.

These sessions provided opportunities to:

  • Develop an interactive map of existing resilience evidence and knowledge—and identify critical gaps for further research and evaluation.

  • Develop an overview of how the knowledge-base generated through RMEL is being translated into resilience practice and identify opportunities to strengthen the links between research, evaluation, and practice.

  • Explore the application of RMEL approaches, analysis, and evidence to help shape resilience investment and policy agendas.

  • Join one or more RMEL skills-building opportunities, provided by RMEL CoP members.


A team from Resilience Shift also hosted a parallel workshop, ‘Making Resilience relevant, tangible and practical: tools and approaches’, bringing together developers and potential users of resilience tools for the planning, financing, and implementation of critical infrastructure projects. Read reflections on this workshop.

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