An RRA training exercise was conducted by ActionAid staff in Kambai District, Sierra Leone. Four half days were spent conducting intensive fieldwork, a well-being ranking exercise led to the sub-division of the community into better-off and worse-off members of the community. Ranking exercises with the two groups produced very different results. A graphic example of the differences is given in the ranking of disease importance. (p87 provides illustrations). It is concluded that this method offers an excellent starting point for investigation into health issues and socio-economic conditions.
This very brief article may introduce a useful methodology for health researchers and NGOs interested in relating disease susceptibility and socio-economic well-being.