This article discusses the analytical process of qualitative research, particularly those of a participatory nature. It draws on experiences in Tombos (Minas Gerais, Brazil), where a PRA process was the foundation for elaborating a Municipal Rural Development Plan. A process of 'construction - deconstruction - reconstruction' was used, proving both effective and efficient. First, a synthesis was constructed by some researchers. Then, a Committee with community representatives deconstructed the synthesis through problem analysis. Finally, synthesis and analysis reconstructed the information around strategic issues. This process helped create an analysed consensus, from which action proposals were elaborated.
International Institute for Environment and Development