Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA): quantifiable data and more

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This discussion paper aims to show that PRA is able to generate information that is quantifiable, objective and as reliable as any information generated from sample surveys. The paper is split into three main sections: Quantitive Data from PRA which outlines the varied types of data and information which can be generated by using PRA; Reliability of PRA Data which looks at the advantages of using participatory approaches over the older style sample surveys; Using PRA for Regional/State Planning which shows how these approaches can be scaled up to involve the community in regional planning processes. The paper concludes that information generated by PRA is both qualitative and quantitative, and unlike questionnaire surveys should not be extractive. It generates information that strengthens the capacity of marginalised communities to meet their needs, and as such is an integral part of a community-based development process.

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World Neighbors Discussion paper
World Neighbors
World Neighbors, 4127 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120-8869, USA
Oklahoma City
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World Neighbors

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A : Participatory Approaches : Participatory research 4235