Through in-depth research studies, ESUPS aims at demonstrating and communicating the added-value of sharing stock related data, relief items through a loan-borrowing mechanism, of adopting a non-branding approach and to increase joint-procurement. The aim is to support a change in mindset towards a more concrete stock sharing collaboration among humanitarian stockholders to increase efficiency and efficacy of pre-positioning strategies.
A research study is currently being undertaken by the HEC Canada. Based on logistical and historical response information from ESUPS partners, the dedicated PhD student will be looking at how much time and money could potentially have been saved by the humanitarian community in different recent large-scale disasters if stocks had been more widely loaned and borrowed from each others. The research is ongoing
Previous research conducted by Penn State University: Models and Metrics to Assess Humanitarian Response Capacity