Dr. McCandless participated in a Global Methodology Workshop Session of Experts on Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR) on April 16 and 17.
The Framework for Assessing Resilience (FAR) is a two year program created by Interpeace and funded by the Swedish Cooperation – SIDA. By way of a mixed methods approach that includes dialogue, surveys and participatory action research implemented at the country level, supplemented by a literature and practice review, this project aims to develop locally-owned and context-specific tools (frameworks, indicators, methodologies and guidance) that can be used to assess resilience in conflict-affected societies. This workshop aims to provide intellectual stimulus and strategic orientation to the implementation of the FAR project and also to serve as a forum for sharing and testing the emerging reflections from the FAR project with expert scholars and practitioners working on resilience in the peacebuilding field. Professor McCandless is spearheading discussions on “Assessment methods” and “Policy Implications.” She worked with Interpeace for two years to design and build the foundations of this program, in particular around surveying the academic and policy field on resilience, and in methodology development.