Using Rapid Appraisal Methods

This guide examines the benefits and limitations of the Rapid Appraisal approach. It also provides information regarding the evaluation options used by this approach, detailing each options usefulness, advantages, and limitations.


  • What is rapid appraisal
  • Benefits
  • Limitations
  • When are rapid appraisal options appropriate?
  • Use in types of evaluation
  • Key principles for ensuring useful rapid appraisal data collection
  • Common rapid appraisal options &Table

Specific Options Mentioned

  • Interviews
  • Community Discussions
  • Exit Polling
  • Transect  Walks 
  • Focus Groups
  • Minisurveys  
  • Community Mapping
  • Secondary Data Collection
  • Group Discussions
  • Customer Service Surveys
  • Direct Observation



Vondal, P (2010)  Using Rapid Appraisal Options Performance Monitoring & Evaluation TIPS, Washington DC, USAID Center for Development Information and Development Evaluation. Retrieved from (archived link)



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