April 2018 Update

  APRIL 2018 EDITION  

 WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW   

1. DATA COLLECTION FOR SCALE VALIDATION COMPLETED 

During the HWISE conference in August 2017, we agreed that data collection across all sites should be completed by April 1, 2018. We are happy to report that we have indeed met that internal deadline and have been able to collect data in more sites than previously anticipated! Next steps? Data cleaning, item reduction, and scale validation, which we hope to complete by June 2018.

2. UPDATED DATA AVAILABLE

Data for all 14 HWISE 1.0 study sites have been thoroughly cleaned and closed. A detailed explanation of the data cleaning protocol can be accessed here.

If you would like to access the data for analyses, please complete a data request form and submit it to Josh <josh.miller@northwestern.edu>, who will review for completeness. The request will then be forwarded to the Steering Committee, who will approve the request or suggest revision.

3. ONGOING ANALYSES

Members of the consortium are currently using HWISE data to investigate important topics. If you have analyses you’d like to perform, please read the above section regarding data requests.

  • How water insecurity may impact infant feeding (Roseanne Schuster, Maggie Butler)
  • How worry over water impacts perceived stress (Amber Pearson, Ashley Hagaman, Cassie Workman)
  • Describing water sharing practices, which includes both borrowing and loaning (Amber Wutich, Alexandra Brewis)
  • Subjective assessment of the severity of various water insecurity items in Ethiopia (Kenny Maes, Yihenew Tesfaye)
  • How water insecurity experiences differ between men and women in Tanzania (Vicky Santoso, Shalean Collins, Amy Lin, and Sera Young)
4. IN THE NEWS

Dr. Amber Wutich organized this year’s annual Society for Economic Anthropology conference (theme: Water and Economy), at which many HWISE members were present. In a recent interview, Dr. Wutich described highlights from the conference and outlined next steps for the HWISE Consortium.

Similarly, Dr. Sera Young and Josh Miller wrote an article that is featured in Anthropology News. In the article, early motivations for developing a cross-culturally validated household water insecurity scale are discussed and next steps for the HWISE project are outlined.

 UPCOMING MEETINGS   

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS

This year’s annual ASA Conference will be hosted in Oxford, England from September 18-21. Currently, there is a call for abstracts for a relevant panel, “Water futures: making a living in times of uncertainity.” Please consider submitting an abstract here.

 SITE UPDATES   

In total, we have cleaned data for 4,329 participants across 14 sites.

 

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