Measuring Felt Respect for Dignity
Research has shown that respect for dignity is something citizens across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa value and are frequently denied. Innovation, learning, and improvement are needed for the social sector to fully respect their dignity. Evidence suggests that respectful interactions produce greater wellbeing and self-efficacy, improved health, better functioning democratic spheres, greater cooperation, and increased service uptake and satisfaction (Wein, 2022).
By developing and validating a measure of Felt Respect for Dignity, we can understand quantitatively whether people receiving aid, accessing services, participating in research or otherwise interacting with an institution experience respectful treatment that perceives and values their full and complex humanity.
We can integrate this into monitoring and evaluation processes, and design and test interventions and improvements to help deliver this thing that many people value and are frequently denied, realizing the benefits of respectful treatment for all.
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