CoBRA is a participatory assessment methodology, largely qualitative, which identifies the locally-specific factors contributing to the resilience of households and communities facing different types of shocks and stresses. CoBRA aims to understand resilience from community and household perspectives. This tool does not use any preconceived components of resilience, but rather helps local populations describe and explain them on their own, based on their past experience, by:
- Defining the concept of resilience in plain terms
- Identifying the key factors/characteristics contributing to their local resilience
- Assessing the progress of communities and households in achieving resilience
- Identifying households that are more (or fully) resilient
- Specifying the types of interventions they perceive to best build resilience.
CoBRA assessment findings can inform resilience policies and practices, inform quantitative/qualitative resilience measurement, inform broad disaster risk reduction (DRR) conceptual frameworks and models.