HWISE Scale and Development

Despite its obvious importance for health and well-being, we are currently unable to comparably measure water insecurity across diverse ecological settings. Although there are myriad national, regional, community, and hydrologic indexes of water availability, no cross-cultural scales exist to measure water insecurity at the level it is most acutely experienced: the household. Therefore, we developed the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) study to develop this much-needed tool. By partnering with over 40 motivated collaborators, we have been able to implement the HWISE survey in 28 sites globally. Currently, we are in the process of validating the HWISE Scale and look forward to sharing the final set of items by early 2019.

Learn more about the project here.