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When organizing relief and development programs for a community, it is vital to accurately determine the needs of that community. Systematic assessments that are participation-driven are the best way to successfully determine those needs and subsequently design the program for development.

This course offers the skills needed by development professionals and managers to effectively conduct assessments in a community, ensuring that proper planning and implementation can be achieved.


This course will provide you with:

  • Known rural development biases
  • The difference between PRA and RRA
  • Adequate PRA principles and techniques
  • The skills to analyze participatory problems that may arise
  • The ability to plan participatory programs

Who Should Attend

Members of organizations working in relief and development will find the skills and understanding gained in this training Course indispensable. These members include team leaders, NGO directors, CEOs, enterprise owners, as well as, consultants and freelancers.


Day One

  • Principles of Community Assessment
  • Stakeholder management
  • Biases of rural development
  • Shortcoming (defects) of questionnaire methods
  • Comparison of PRA and RRA

Day Two

  • PRA principles and features
  • Three pillars of PRA
  • Methods and role reversals
  • Scope of PRA and types of PRA

Day Three

  • PRA Techniques
  • Maps and Models – Diagrams
  • Community Sketch Maps
  • Time related data analysis
  • Ranking and scoring

Day Four

  • Semi structured interviews (SSI)
  • Direct observation
  • Using secondary sources
  • Interview guides and checklist development

Day Five

  • Steps in participatory planning
  • Guidelines for Analyzing PRA findings
  • PRA are good for
  • PRA is not very useful for

Fee Information

Course Fees vary based on location, topic and dates of the course. Please contact us to get details. Standard course fee includes:

  • tuition costs
  • certificate
  • study materials
  • meals (Lunch and refreshments)
  • a social program (only if more than five participants attend)

  • Course Fee does not cover
  • Visa
  • travel costs
  • any insurance
  • accommodation
  • personal expenses and other meals

  • Discounts may apply for groups, In-house training or destinations other than specified in the program. Please contact us with your requirements and we will provide you with a quotation.

    Important Notes

    General Notes:

  • As an open course, this program is offered in specific destinations. However, for groups and as an in-house training, it can be offered in many parts of the world. Please contact us for more details
  • This program can be integrated with any other program in the same category and the client will get a considerable discount.
  • Accordemy courses can be offered in other languages than English too. Please contact us for your needs.

  • What Participants Receive?
  • Certificate of course completion issued by Accord Worldwide, Inc. The USA.
  • Lifetime free access to online version of the course material.
  • Lifetime free membership in related online discussion groups.
  • Discounted fee for future courses.

  • Travel Management

    If you require support in managing your trip to the course destination, we can provide you with information or arrangement. Travel management will be done by third party service providers and any discount will not apply on travel expenses.


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