This article briefly introduces PRA and presents an example of its application to the evaluation of maternal and child health services in a small village in rural China. Following a wealth ranking, discussions with women were held concerning their utilisation of formal health services. The available health services were mapped and reasons for seeking treatment from different providers were expressed in the map. Matrix scoring elicited womenÆs evaluation of various maternal and child health service programmes, the most common sources of health information, and options for childbirth.
This book (in Chinese) introduces and explains a number of social science methodologies which can be applied to rural development, including: RRA, PRA, Social Impact Assessment, Gender Analysis in Resource Management, Situation -Specific Analysis, and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation. The chapter on PRA discusses the differences with RRA. The chapter on PM&E explains the concepts behind PM&E, and discusses process and indicators.