Rapid Assessment Process is the first introduction to the RAP group of ethnographic methods and techniques that provide field-based research findings for policymakers and program planners. Prepared by an international development professional, it provides clear guidelines on producing high quality research in a fraction of the time taken by traditional ethnography.
James Beebe is Professor in the Doctoral Program in Leadership at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He has a Ph.D. in International Development Education, an M.A. in Anthropology, and an M.A. in Food Research (International Agricultural Development). As a practitioner/scholar in qualitative research methodology, Beebe has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in long-term assignments in the Sudan, Philippines, Liberia, and South Africa and short-term assignments in nine other countries. He teaches, researches, and consults on the relationship between leadership and technology.
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: To RAP or Not to RAP and the Basic Concepts Chapter Two: Data Collection: Triangulation and Getting the Insider's Perspective Chapter Three: Iterative Analysis and Additional Data Collection Chapter Four: Teamwork: Polish State Farms and the Community College Chapter Five: Trusting RAP Chapter Six: Successful RAP Chapter Seven: Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Calls the Tune Chapter Eight: The RAP Family Tree Appendix A. Executive Summary, Community College RAP Appendix B. Executive Summary, Polish State Farms RAP Appendix C. Learning to RAP Appendix D. Glossary of Terms References