A manager's guide to the use of rapid rural appraisal

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This is a how-to-manage rather than how-to-do type of manual - a practical guide directed towards managers rather than practitioners. It provides guidelines for the management of 'in-house' RRA teams of project or agency staff, as well as of 'outside' teams commissioned to do the job. It starts by introducing the main concepts and characteristics of RRA, and when (and when not) to use it. Two chapters focus on selecting, forming and optimising an RRA team. Different aspects of training are also discussed from the viewpoint of a 'purchaser' rather than 'provider': what type of training, who does training, and where is training available are some of the questions addressed. A further chapter looks at commissioning outside teams to do the work, with a focus on practicalities such as establishing terms of reference, timing and budgeting. The final chapter looks at administration of the actual research process, from the various preparations to make prior to the team beginning its work to completing the RRA and evaluating the final report.

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Intended primarily for project and programme managers and research leaders who are responsible for managing RRA assessments.
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FARM field document, No. 1
140 p.
FARM Programme, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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