RRA and PRA are cited as examples of methodological innovations which are important in the development work of NGOs. The spread in the use of these techniques is discussed, and the differences between training in RRA and the experiential understanding of PRA is stressed. Self improving relies not on quality control, training and manuals from a centre, but on making self critical awareness an integral part of the approach. However, this requires vision, will and creativity on the part of individuals and a change in the culture of NGOs and government organisations. The potential for this is improving with increased communications and changes in organisational structures and sympathies.
Policy makers and planners as well as practitioners and trainers concerned with the rapid expansion of PRA and associated dangers.