HWISE Data Repository

Many consortium members have been involved in harmonized survey data collection efforts, referred to here as “HWISE data”. These data have been collected in 29 sites from 2018-2019. In some sites, data collection consisted only of the HWISE survey.  Elsewhere, the HWISE survey was a very small part of a larger study, as seen in the map below (map courtesy of the HWISE Scale project).  In most sites, the stated purpose was to create a cross-culturally valid scale to measure household water insecurity, but these data can be used for many other endeavors.

If the PIs of the HWISE data sites approve, these data can be requested to be used by anyone in the HWISE network (Figure 1).  Those who would like to use data from sites at which they are not the PI are required to follow the project proposal and co-authorship procedures outlined here (HWISE Guidelines & Principles).

Figure 1. HWISE Project Proposal Flow Chart, from Core Principles document.

Individuals must request access to HWISE data by submitting a “HWISE Project Proposal form” to the data manager(s) (currently Josh Miller at Northwestern) (Figure 1). Again, more details on how to propose projects can be found in section L. of this document “Lead Author Responsibilities”. After ensuring the completeness of the submission, the data manager will send the request to the Executive Committee for review. The Executive Committee may request additional details, such as potential rotation of authorship to ensure equity amongst co-authors (this is highly recommended as a best practice regardless).

The purpose of this process is to prevent scholarly redundancy, ensure data integrity, and provide greater oversight of how the data are being used. Although transparency is a priority, this check is also essential for ensuring proper attribution and preventing data misuse. The Executive Committee will serve as “data stewards” for each domain of inquiry, to ensure that progress continues to be made.

Collaborative Publications

Jepson, W., Amber Wutich, and Leila Harris. (accepted) “Water-Security Capabilities and the Human Right to Water” for Farhana Sultana and Alex Loftus (Eds.), The Right to Water(2ndEdition), Routledge Earthscan, New York and London.

Alexandra Brewis, Asher Rosinger, Amber Wutich, Ellis Adams, Lee Cronk, Amber Pearson, Cassandra Workman, Sera Young, and the HWISE Consortium*. 2019. “Water Sharing, reciprocity, and need: A comparative study of inter-household water transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Accepted for publication in Economic Anthropology

*HWISE consortium co-authors are (alphabetically): Mobolanle Balogun, Michael Boivin, Jessica Budds, Shalean Collins, Asiki Gershim, Leila Harris, Wendy Jepson, Kenneth Maes, Patrick Mbullo, Joshua Miller, Chad Staddon, Justin Stoler, Raymond Tutu, Yihenew Tesfaye, Alex Trowell, and Desire Tshala-Katumbay

Young, Sera, Godfred Boeteng, Torsten Neilands, Josh Miller, Shalean Collins, Alexandra Brewis, Ed Frongillo, Wendy Jepson, Hugo Melgar-Quinoes, Roseanne Schuster, Justin Stoler, Amber Wutich (resubmitted). “A Protocol for the Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Household Water Insecurity Across Cultures: The Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) scale” British Medical Journal Open

Wutich, A., J. Budds, W. Jepson, L. Harris, E. Adams, A. Brewis, L. Cronk, C. DeMyers, K. Maes, T. Marley, J. Miller, A. Pearson, A. Rosinger, R. Schuster, J. Stoler, C. Staddon, P. Wiessner, C. Workman, S.L. Young. “Household Water Sharing: A Review of Water Gifts, Exchanges, and Transfers across Cultures.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Water doi:10.1002/wat2.1309.

Wutich, A. Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Wendy Jepson, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) “Advancing Methods for Research on Household Water Insecurity: Studying Entitlements and Capabilities, Socio-cultural dynamics, and Political Processes, Institutions and Governance” Water Security, 2: 1-10.

Jepson, Wendy, Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Amber Wutich, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) “Advancing Water Security for Human Development: A Relational Perspective”Water Security 1(1) 46-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasec.2017.07.001

Jepson, Wendy, Amber Wutich, Godfred Boeteng, Shalean Collins, and Sera Young. (2017) “Progress in Household Water Insecurity Metrics: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective in the Social Sciences” WIREs Water, 4(3): e1214.

Funded Grants

Research Collaboration Network “RCN: Building a Community of Practice for Household Water Insecurity (HWISE) Research,” National Science Foundation, Geography and Spatial Sciences, PI Wendy Jepson with Co-PIs Justin Stoler (University of Miami), Amber Wutich (Arizona State University), and Sera Young (Northwestern University) (2018-2023, $499,036)

Innovative Metrics in Nutrition and Agriculture (IMANNA). “A novel tool for the assessment of household-level water insecurity: scale refinement, validation, and manual development”   Sera Young (PI), Phelgona Otieno (co-I) & Amber Wutich (co-I) (2016-2018) ($359,625). This project is funded by Competitive Research Grants to Develop Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Grants). IMMANA is funded with UK aid from the UK government.