Risk Reduction Indicators


Impact evaluation for risk reduction measures continues to be a strong interest among ProVention Consortium partners and ProVention is currently in the process of developing a new initiative on risk reduction indicators. This initiative will build on activities within the Tools for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction project and other related ProVention projects.

Preliminary activity has already begun with the development of draft risk reduction indicators for the Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System (TRIAMS) programme. TRIAMS is an initiative of the governments of India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, with support from the IFRC, WHO, and other UN agencies to measure the impact of the recovery efforts in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami. In order to provide support and guidance to the governments and other partners in selecting a set of appropriate risk reduction indicators, ProVention has solicited input from several experts on different aspects of disaster risk reduction to develop a set suggested indicators and background notes. These indicators are currently being considered by the national government partners for inclusion within the TRIAMS programme.


Project goal

To facilitate the development of indicators and other tools for measuring and evaluating the impacts of disaster risk reduction measures.

Project summary

With the high human and financial losses from recent disasters and increasing attention to accountability for disaster assistance, there are increasing demands for better evidence of the impact of investments in disaster recovery and future risk reduction to show that mitigation 'pays' both in financial terms and in terms of lives protected. To generate such evidence, appropriate tools are needed to track progress and effectiveness in reducing risks in human, social and environmental as well as financial terms.

This project aims to address this gap, by identifying and assessing appropriate indicators and measurement tools, giving practical guidance on how to apply them and disseminating this guidance among development decision makers and planners, as well as those involved in implementing and evaluating disaster risk reduction initiatives.

Some initial activities have already been undertaken to support the TRIAMS programme together with the IFRC, WHO, various UN agencies, and the national governments involved as partners in the TRIAMS programme. These activities have resulted in the development of a draft list of potential risk reduction indicators and the set of short background papers to guide the consideration of a broad set of risk reduction issues as the national government partners finalise a set of recovery indicators to build into the collaborative TRIAMS monitoring programme.


The initial ProVention input into the preliminary TRIAMS activity has already been completed, but ProVention partners will continue to be involved in the project and The Consortium is currently developing a programme for more extensive research and learning in relation to risk reduction indicators.


ProVention has worked with a variety of partners involved in supporting the TRIAMS programme including the IFRC, WHO, various UN agencies, and the national government partners involved.

Going forward ProVention looks forward to collaborating with UN-ISDR, the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, UNESCAP, and other partners who are already working on related initiatives.

In addition ProVention is already supporting a number of projects that incorporate indicator elements, including the Tools for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction project being led by Charlotte Benson and John Twigg and the Urban Master Planning project with EMI.

Outputs & events

Preliminary activities

The initial project activity with the TRIAMS initiative has led to the development of recommended risk reduction indicators and supporting background notes targeted specifically as guidance for that programme although with broader relevance. The specific products for that programme were incorporated into a Working Paper on Risk Reduction Indicators:

Next Steps

Working with interested partners, ProVention will develop a full programme plan to involve further development and refinement of the indicators developed for the TRIAMS programme and continued dialogue to further develop the depth and range of these indicators.

The TRIAMS programme has challenged its partners to identify indicators that can be integrated within existing national and local surveys and hopefully may offer a model set of indicators that can be adapted to other locales and tracked on an ongoing-basis both pre- and post-disaster.


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