See the latest information and resources from Elrha in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19)

We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

When assessing the community’s needs in the wake of a crisis, it might be hard, or even impossible, to physically reach people affected, and to include many people in the assessment. Many of the tools available can be challenging to use because they are based on interviews or direct observations. Therefore, we have piloted a self-administered online tool, the HESPER Web, to assess perceived needs in humanitarian populations.

When piloting the HESPER Web in a large refugee camp in Kenya, we posted an invitation and a survey link in training centres and internet- and communication centres within the refugee camp, as well as on Facebook. We found that using it was a quick and reliable way to gather information from many persons at the same time, and that the HESPER Web was as good as the original interview-based survey to inventor perceived needs. In a few days, almost 300 persons had provided the UNHCR in Kenya and the research team with information on their current needs- without actually meeting all of them face to face, that would have taken about 100 hours for one person.

“We were positively surprised that so many people actually responded to the invitation to answer the HESPER Web.” - Karin Hugelius, principal investigator

Online tools also enable to include populations that are rarely included in scientific studies in humanitarian contexts, such as people without a fixed address or who have already left the area or people who are hard to physically reach, for example due to security or infrastructure reasons. Therefore, we are pleased to see that the HESPER Web is a useful way to gain such information, as long as there is internet available, and the information archive is transferred and stored in a safe way. This opens new possibilities to not rely needs assessment on secondary data or estimations, but to include the affected people themselves in this process and let them tell their needs.

Interested in trying HESPER web?

We are now open for new partnership and collaborations for the last field test. If you are engaged in a humanitarian organisation that is interested to try HESPER Web in an ongoing humanitarian context, and to contribute to the scientific development of reliable and useful tools for the future, please get in contact with us!

Opportunity: Test the new online HESPER web for needs assessment
Timeframe: August to December 2021
Setting: A sudden onset disaster of any kind
Contact: Dr Karin Hugelius, e-mail: karin.hugelius@oru.se

Subscribe to our newsletters....

Subscribe
 
Elrha © 2018 - 2021 Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110). KEEP IN TOUCH Want to stay up to date with our latest updates? Sign up to our newsletters
Elrha
Elrha Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The Elrha website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.