Humanitarian Emergency Settings Perceived Needs Scale (HESPER SW)

Grant awarded: £45,888

Lead organisation: Orebro University, Sweden

Partnering organisations: World Health Organization (WHO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, Kings College London

Project length: 2018-2021

Study locations: Kenya and Sweden

Principal Investigator: Karin Hugelius

  • IDP camp in Haiti, potential use for project outcome (HESPER SW) Credit: Karin Hugelius

  • Evacuation from Tacloban, The Philippines (2013) Credit: Karin Hugelius


Purpose:

The Humanitarian Emergency Settings Perceived Needs Scale (HESPER) aims to provide a quick, scientifically robust assessment of perceived needs of people affected by humanitarian emergencies or disasters. The instrument assesses a large number of physical, psychological and social needs. Today, a large number of people in all parts of the world use the internet, also in crises and emergencies.

Web based research methods in disaster research has shown to reduce several methodological and practical concerns.
Therefore, this project aims to convert the interview based HESPER scale to a self-administrated version for web use, called HESPER SW, and to conduct pshychometric and field testing of HESPER SW. The HEPSER SW can be used both for humanitarian and research purposes and will be freely available by WHO after finishing this research project.

Expected outcomes:

• The principle output from the project will be HESPER SW; a tested self- administrated version of HESPER for web use.
• The HESPER SW will enable a quicker way to collect data on experienced needs among a large number of people in any phase of a humanitarian or disaster situation. The instrument can be used both for humanitarian and research purposes and will be freely available by WHO.
• The HESPER SW will reduce several practical, security and ethical challenges related to disaster research.
• The project will also render important knowledge on experienced needs among exposed populations, such as asylum seekers in Sweden, people living in IDP camps or woman living in a rural area in Zambia.

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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