The author briefly describes the origins of RRA, the evolution of Rapid Assessment procedures and the development of PRA. PRA has demonstrated that rural people have a strong capacity to map, model, quantify, rank, score, diagram and analyse. The potential of PRA in the field of health and nutrition includes participatory social, demographic and health mapping of villages, seasonal analysis of deprivation and disease incidence, ranking wealth and wellbeing, matrix ranking, time lines and trend analysis. PRA can be used with direct relevance to health issues.
This concise article will serve as a useful introduction to the origins and potential of PRA in the health field for both students and practitioners.
Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Nutrition Society of India
National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India, 1-3 December, 1990