May 2018 Update

  MAY 2018 EDITION  

 WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW   

1. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS 

The protocol paper that details the design of and methodology applied to the HWISE study has been submitted to BMJ Open. We hope to cite this paper in all future manuscripts that use HWISE data.

The Northwestern team has also received a doi for their paper that describes the development and validation of a`1 household water insecurity scale for western Kenya. We encourage everyone to read the abstract since the development of this tool has largely shaped our HWISE endeavors.

2. REPRESENTING AT MANY CONFERENCES

We are proud to report that HWISE members have had a strong presence at many diverse conferences thus far in 2018. At the American Association of Geographers, Wendy Jepson and Jessica Budds organized a water insecurity panelthat many HWISE collaborators sat on. At theHuman Biology Association, Maggie Butler presented work that examines how water insecurity impacts infant and young child feeding, which she and Roseanne Schuster collaborated on; Maggie presented similar findings several weeks prior at the Breastfeeding and Feminism conference. Sera Young also unpacked the pathways by which water insecurity may impact feeding practices at the Society for Applied Anthropology.

3. MEETING BETWEEN COLLABORATORS

HWISE collaborators Mobolanle Balogun, Vicky Santoso, and Sera Young met at Northwestern to discuss the process of implementing the HWISE survey. Dr. Balogun also shared early findings with the Young Research Group about the impacts of water insecurity on menstrual hygiene practices in Nigeria.

4. DATA AVAILABLE

Data for 15 HWISE 1.0 and 5 HWISE 2.0 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.

 UPCOMING MEETINGS   

HWISE SCALE VALIDATION

The HWISE analytic team will be meeting again at Northwestern University from June 7-8 to discuss the process of item reduction and scale validation. This follows our timeline for having the finalized scale available by the end of the summer.

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.  

UNC WATER AND HEALTH

This year’s Water and Health conference will be hosted at UNC from October 29-November 2. Justin Stoler and Sera Young plan to organize a 3-hour side event that focuses on the development of the HWISE scale and its possible uses (details here). If you have ideas about the side event or would like to be on the panel, please email Josh <josh.miller@northwestern.edu>.

 SITE UPDATES   

  • Data collection is finished in Morogoro, Tanzania and data entry will begin soon
  • Data collection is ongoing in Upolu, Samoa; Chakaria & Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
  • Data entry is ongoing in Rajasthan, India
  • In total, we have cleaned data for 6,088 participants across 20 sites

 

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