Application of participatory rural appraisal methods for action research on water management
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Gosselink, P.; Thompson, J. 1997. Application of participatory rural appraisal methods for action research on water management. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI). v, 29p. (IIMI Short Report Series on Locally Managed Irrigation 18)
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/39433
Internet URL: http://publications.iwmi.org/pdf/H_21069.pdf
This report summarizes recent experiences with the application of PRA methods in the fields of irrigation and water management in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Estonia, and Zimbabwe. Methods of group dynamics, sampling, semi-structured interviewing and dialogue, visualization and diagramming are explained, with examples. The authors attempt to clarify some confusion about PRA that exists, and offer several recommendations about how it can be used-not as a replacement but as a complement to other conventional methods of appraisal-to en-hance processes of research and development in the fields of irrigation and water management in developing areas.