Indicators

There has been an outstanding effort to develop key indicators and promote their use by different humanitarian actors and in different fora or coordination spaces, like The Sphere Project, thematic clusters, etc. A good example could be the Key Results Indicators (KRI) for the sectors of food, nutrition, health, wash and shelter introduced by DG ECHO for funded operations.

Additionally there has been considerable advance in the main sectors such as WASH, shelter, nutrition, services in internally displaced or refugee camps... However, regarding Livelihoods programming there is still the need to have commonly agreed standard indicators evidenced-based to facilitate quality project design and results assessment.

Therefore, the goal of this list is to fill this gap, offering to humanitarian actors a list of Livelihoods Key Programming Indicators. This list aims to be adopted as a standardized way to measure and analyze livelihoods wide-impact (aggregating metrics from all livelihoods operations), and to facilitate the quality program design and reinforce consistency of the projects in Livelihoods.

The Livelihoods Resource Centre (LRC),in consultation with practitioners (specialized in Livelihoods and Monitoring & Evaluation) from different organizations (and after analyzing more than thirty different indicators sets), has developed the livelihood key indicators' list (included in this document) as part of a coordinated effort to achieve a standardized tool that will enable a wide-sight or analysis of livelihood programs' impact and to improve organizations accountability.

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CORE INDICATORS

Code Indicator
KRI-1-1a Number/percentage of targeted households [have enough <food, cash, incomes> to] meet their survival threshold
KRI-1-1a Number/percentage of targeted households [have enough <food, cash, incomes> to] meet their survival threshold
KRI-1-1b Number/percentage of targeted households [have enough <food, cash, incomes> to] meet their livelihoods protection threshold
KRI-1-2 Number/percentage of targeted population's livelihoods <restored to, improved from> <pre disaster level, baseline level, last year -same period-, normal year>
KRI-1-3 Number/percentage of targeted households reduce their [damaging] coping strategies compared with <pre disaster level, or baseline level, last year -same period-, normal year>
KRI-2-1 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, communities, productive organizations, MSME> are able to <protect, replace, increase, improve> their productive assets (specify the type of assets if needed) [above <pre disaster level, baseline level, a normal year, last year -same period->] [in a safe manner]
KRI-2-2 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> have enough productive assets (specify the type of asset if necessary) to <recover, strengthen> their livelihoods
KRI-2-3 Number of livelihoods productive assets/infrastructures (specify, e.g. productive lands, transformation infrastructures, etc.) <restored to, improved from, build> [if necessary, specify the reference period for comparison <pre disaster level, baseline level>]
KRI-2-3 Number of livelihoods productive assets/infrastructures (specify, e.g. productive lands, transformation infrastructures, etc.) <restored to, improved from, build> [if necessary, specify the reference period for comparison <pre disaster level, baseline level>]
KRI-3-1 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> improve their production by (specify how much) [type of production if necessary], [due to <new practices, new technology, trainings, etc.>]
KRI-3-2 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> reduce their production losses by (specify how much) [specify type of production if necessary], [resulting from use of improved practices (specify practices)]
KRI-4-1 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> that <stabilize, improve> their net income by (specify the improvement) during a defined period (specify), [due to (specify if necessary the livelihoods activity and the cause of improvement)].
KRI-4-2 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> diversify (quantify if necessary) their incomes generation activities (specify source/s if necessary) [increasing their net income by (specify the improvement)].
KRI-4-3 Number/percentage of targeted population employed or self-employed in sustainable livelihoods activities [specify if necessary] for a defined period of time.
KRI-4-4 Number of sustainable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) initiatives (specify if necessary) <created, strengthened> due to the intervention.
KRI-5-1 Number/percentage of targeted population provided with new <skills, knowledge> to <strengthen, diversify, protect> their livelihoods [specify if necessary: primary production, MSME, compete in the job market, etc.]
KRI-5-2 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> apply new acquired <knowledge, skills> promoted by the project to <strength, diversify, protect> their livelihoods [specify if necessary: improve the primary production or MSME, acquire a paid job, etc.]
KRI-6-1 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, productive organizations, MSME> gain improved access to <livelihoods support services, markets> (specify if necessary) due to program intervention.
KRI-6-2 Number of targeted <livelihoods support service initiatives (specify), markets> provided or strengthened (specify if necessary) through program intervention.
KRI-7-1 Number/percentage of targeted population <households, communities, productive organizations, MSME> applying key <disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, climate change adaptation> practices (specify if necessary) to <strengthen, protect> their livelihoods
KRI-7-2 Number of targeted natural resources (specify) under improved natural resource management
KRI-7-3 Number of targeted <community, household, productive organizations, MSME> livelihoods productive assets (specify) protected (specify how, if necessary) to future hazards (specify if necessary)
KRI-8-1 Number/percentage of targeted population (specify group) with <access to, equal opportunities in> developing their livelihoods activity (specify if necessary) through program intervention
KRI-8-2 Number of <policies, laws, contingency plans, strategies, structures> adopted (or created) to improve the livelihoods development and protection environment (specify if necessary) for (specify target group)