Rapid Rural Appraisal and Participatory Rural Appraisal Manual

The purpose of this manual is to familiarize users with RRA and PRA methods, to demonstrate the applicability of these methods to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) funded projects, and to encourage the rigorous application of the methods in order to obtain the best results. Volume one addresses the generic use of RRA and PRA in development projects. The information here is relevant to people working in any sector. Volume two focuses on the use of these methods to address specific sectoral concerns.


  • Part 1: An introduction to information gathering, participatory research, and RRA and PRA
  • Part 2: How to put together an RRA or PRA to do field research (Methodological principles, the mechanics of preparing the study, carrying out the field study, analysis and report writing)
  • Part 3: The tools and techniques used to gather information in RRA and PRA (introduction to the use of RRA/PRA tools and techniques, semi-structured interviewing, participatory mapping, transect walk, venn diagram, calendars, wealth ranking, historical profile, matrices, tools for planning, community action plan)
  • Postscript: Maintaining flexibility, creativity, and your sense of adventure


Freudenberger, K. S. (n.d.) Rapid Rural Appraisal and Participatory Rural Appraisal: A Manual for Catholic Relief Services Field Workers and Partners. Retrieved from website:  http://www.crsprogramquality.org/publications/2011/1/17/rapid-rural-appraisal-and-participatory-rural-appraisal.html

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