Participatory Rural Appraisal and Questionnaire Survey: Comparative Field Experience and Methodological Innovations

Studies in Rural Participation Series
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  • Author :Neela Mukherjee
  • Year of Publication :1995
  • ISBN: :9788170225607
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 163
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Community Development, Developmental Studies, Sociology

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About the Book :

Any exercise in data collection from the field is based on a methods and involves basic issues in cost, time, scale, utility, depth and trustworthiness of the data collected which vary with the method/methods used. The book compares conventional methods of investigation such as questionnaire survey with participatory methods like Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) as evolving from the field. Of late, there has been a series of experience from field situations on alternative systems of inquiry, especially on PRA. They relate to a host of developing countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and others. The book analyses the recent empirical evidence, examines issues, looks at opportunities and suggests potential for methodological innovations in field investigation and data collection.
The book is divided into five chapters. In Chapter 1, two systems of inquiry, the conventional questionnaire survey and the PRA-type inquiry, have been defined, illustrated and compared in terms of their paradigmatic bases, principles, objectives and ways of evaluating data. In Chapter 2, there are 11 case studies from the developing world showing how greater flexibility can be induced in field situation by adopting PRA method for data collection and analysis of local people's criteria. Chapter 3 deals with the issue of PRA method as a complement to questionnaire survey, while in Chapter 4, PRA method is posed as an alternative to questionnaire survey. With a spectrum of experience from the field, different aspects of PRA-type inquiry have been examined in order to draw interim conclusions on comparative issues like cost, time training, scale of inquiry, process, flexibility, depth, utility, trustworthiness, empowerment and learning. Chapter 5 presents the summary and conclusions of the study and also draws up a checklist for conducting a participatory nature of field inquiry.

About Author :

Neela Mukherjee, is currently working as a development practitioner, researcher, trainer and a resource person to multiple organizations, both India and abroad. She is associated with a Delhi-based enterprise called "Development Tracks, RTC" involved in cutting-edge research, consultancy and training activities. Formerly, a Professor of Economics at the LBS National Academy of Administration Mussoorie, India and an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, her major areas of current research include participatory and sustainable development practices, community perspectives, empowerment and livelihood related issues. She has written extensively in her areas of interest. Her books include "Participatory Rural Appraisal, Methodology and Applications" (1993), "Questionnaire Survey & Participatory Rural Appraisal" (1995), "Participatory Appraisal of Natural Resources" (1997) and "Participatory Learning and Action with 100 Field Methods" (2002) published by Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi. Her present book "Alternative Perspectives on Livelihoods, Agriculture and Air Pollution, agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas in a developing country" published in 2001 by Ashgate Publishing Co., U.K. describes community perspectives on the impact of air pollution as an agricultural, economic and societal concern. Dr. Mukherjee is also the editor of a series on "Learning to Share" of which, two volumes (1997 and 2000) have been published by Concept Publishing Company, Delhi. Dr. Mukherjee other professional interest include multilateral negotiations at the World Trade Organization, trade barriers and developing countries, environmental impact assessment for policy implications and political economy of greenhouse gases. She has researched, lectured and conducted workshops worldwide and has written a number of books and papers in both national and international journals.