Using the SHARP+ tool to assess household climate resilience


15 - 29 April 2021


Zoom event


María Hernández Laganà
M&E and Climate Resilience Assessment Consultant, FAO

About the Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP+) tool

SHARP+ is a resilience assessment methodology and tool, developed by FAO in 2014. The tool uses a holistic approach to assess the level of climate resilience of agricultural-based households. The assessment methodology is based on Cabell and Oelofse’s 13 agroecosystem indicators of resilience, covering aspects related to natural resource access and management, as well as a variety of other environmental and socio-economic factors. SHARP+ captures farmer concerns through a self-assessment component that allows respondents to prioritise elements deemed crucial for resilience building.

SHARP+ data is collected through a tablet-based application to allow for faster and more accurate data entry. The answers are transformed into numerical scores reflecting the resilience of rural-based households in a specific context. By monitoring changes in SHARP+ scores, project teams are able to assess improvements in household climate resilience over time. SHARP+ has been implemented in over 45 climate change and rural development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe, Central Asia and South-East Asia.

About the training

Within the RFS M&E system, the SHARP+ tool is used to set project baseline indicators, particularly focusing on the level of climate resilience of rural households. The tool embeds question modules to assess household dietary diversity (HDDS) and food insecurity levels (FIES), which are core indicators of the RFS programme.

This training event aims to build the capacity of country project M&E officers and other stakeholders in applying the SHARP+ methodology and analysing the results; to develop tailored versions of the SHARP+ application to suit country project needs; and to guide participants in how to implement the tool in the field (e.g. training of enumerators, development of an implementation plan, etc.).

After the training, the country team will be able to train enumerators and conduct a field assessment.

Structure of the training

The full training will last between 8 to 10 hours spread over three weeks, including presentations and self-paced (individual or group) work.

The Zoom sessions will walk participants through the SHARP+ methodology, how to tailor the SHARP+ questionnaire to meet project needs and how to use the tablet application to collect data in the field.

Thursday, 15 April 2021 @ 10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1)
The first session aims to introduce participants to the SHARP+ methodology for resilience assessment. Participants will learn how to customise the content of the questionnaire based on the unique objectives and context of their project.

Thursday, 22 April 2021 @ 10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1)
Participants will learn how to use the SHARP+ tool, including hands-on training on the use of the application and the translation of the questionnaire into local languages. The SHARP+ team will develop a tailored version of the tablet-based application using the customised questionnaire.

Thursday, 29 April 2021 @ 10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1)
During the third session, participants will get acquainted with SHARP+ data and learn how to interpret and report results. The SHARP+ team will finalise the tailored application for use in the field.

Who should attend?

  • Project M&E experts and staff members overseeing the implementation of the tool
  • Field enumerators or research associates overseeing data collection
  • Other technical project staff key to the project (e.g. gender focal point)
  • National focal point supporting project implementation (e.g., Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture)

Register for the training

 If you are interested in attending the training, please register here. Meeting links will be sent to your email upon registration. 


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