Community-Based Resilience Analysis (CoBRA) Implementation Guidelines

Published on 19 May 2014
CoBRA Implementation Guidelines

Document Summary

Community-Based Resilience Analysis (CoBRA) is a tool which intends to measure and identify the key building blocks of community resilience, or "resilience characteristics", and assess the attribution of various development/humanitarian interventions in attaining these resilience characteristics.


The CoBRA Implementation Guidelines have been developed to support organisations proposing to undertake an initial (and repeat) CoBRA assessment.  Such organisations could include Government, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies. Ideally the assessment should be undertaken by multi-agency teams so as to avoid bias in community responses and reiterate the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder nature of resilience.


This publication build on the methodology section of the CoBRA Conceptual Framework and Methodology and provide more detailed and practical guidance.  Completing a CoBRA assessment comprises three phases, which are further broken down into a series of logical steps. For each step, the guidelines outline:

- Issues which the implementing agency needs to consider;

- The specific activities that need to be undertaken; and

- The outputs at the end of that particular step.


The guidelines also provide a comprehensive set of data collection tools and formats as annexes (i.e., Supporting Documents of SDs). They support implementers at each step in collecting field data, undertaking initial analysis and presenting findings etc.

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