Rapid Assessment - 1st Course

The first course of the Rapid Assessment of Health Programmes (RAHP) was organized in collaboration with the Population Leadership Program of the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) and UNFPA (India).

In the first phase of the programme Rapid Assessment approach was used to study the implementation of various components of NRHM and RCH2 in different parts of the country. The studies conducted through this programme will be published as an anthology and presented at a National Stakeholders Consultation on NRHM.

12 Civil society organisations from different states in the country were selected on the basis of their past experience of working on the issues of Health and rights. We also considered the capacities, interests and ability of the organisations to undertake documentation studies based on rapid assessment techniques. A team of two researchers from each organisation were given rigorous training in evaluation methodology by faculty from the University of Washington and CHSJ in a residential training programme from 23 June to 30 June 2008. The curriculum included wide range of issues, ranging from why RAHP, to techniques of RAP, to ethics that were involved in taking up rigorous rapid assessment programmes at their organisational level.

All the participants were encouraged to design one rapid assessment project as their assignment as a follow up of the training programme. The projects planned were around issues and components of NRHM which were areas of concern at the local level. The research designs were finalized and implemented at the local level by the participants in a period of 5 months. A short report was also prepared on the basis of rapid assessment project undertaken by them. This report  formed an important part of the second phase of this initiative.

The second phase of the training was held from 11 December to 14 December 2008, wherein, participants were given inputs on analysis and report writing skills. It was expected that each rapid assessment project will result in a narrative report and a policy brief.