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Advantages of Experiential Measures of Water Insecurity

They are easy to use and analyze.

  • The WISE Scales are open-access and already translated into many languages.
  • The data are quick to collect (just 1-3 minutes depending on which tool).
  • The data are simple to analyze; cut-offs are straightforward.
  • The WISE Scales are familiar because they are "sisters" to existing experiential food security measures, such as the FIES, HFIAS, and ELCSA.

They generate valuable information.

  • They add a human voice to the water sector.
  • They are a more proximal predictor of human well-being than availability or infrastructure.
  • They generate high-resolution, gender-disaggregated data.
  • Data are comparable across time, infrastructure, climates, cultures.
  • Data can be used to assess prevalence, target resources, measure impacts, and advocate for change.
  • They are acknowledged as “smarter” indicators that “promote accountability” by U.K. Foreign Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith.