BRACED's Rapid Response Research (RRR) collects data from the Hpa-An township of Myanmar, located in Kayin State (mid-Eastern Myanmar). The site is home to 8 villages that each receive Disaster Risk Reduction support from the BRACED Myanmar Alliance. Located next to the Thanlyin river, he area is frequently affected by flooding.
In June 2017, at the start of the monsoon season, 1200 households were surveyed using a traditional household survey approach. At this point each household was given a mobile phone and a solar charger. At the same time, a call centre was set up in the capital, Yangon.
Each month participants are contacted via the call centre to collect important information relating to resilience and disaster risk. For households affected by monsoon flooding this approach provides and easy and robust way of understanding how people recover in post-disaster contexts. Households are given a small financial incentive to take part (50c USD per completed survey) and can answer the survey at a time of their own convenience. This flexibility and convenience has allowed the panel to maintain a response rate of 98% to date – far higher than traditional panel surveys.
Results from the panel survey are now available to explore in depth via The Resilience Dashboard, which allows you to delve into the data and investigate interesting relationships between resilience the factors that might drive it.
The dashboard will continue to be updated as more and more rounds of the survey come in over time. The aim is to continue collecting monthly survey data from RRR participants for up to a year (hopefully longer should funding permit). Doing so would give us high-frequency panel data on household’s coping mechanisms and levels of resilience over time – something that has never been done before.
For obvious privacy and security reasons all data is anonymised and aggregated. Not all of the survey data is presented here, though the RRR team aims to put as much useful information up as possible to allow people to understand as much as possible about the dynamics of resilience across the 8 villages.
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