Developments in applied community-level poverty research
- 1. How to do wellbeing ranking
- 2. How to do wellbeing groups
‘In an era where people’s voice are increasingly difficult to prioritize above those of experts, and local specificities often lose out to average effects, this thoughtful book will hopefully reignite interest in engaged inquiry. It offers us on-the-ground experiences about finding out what it means to be better off or worse off – the heart of what drives international development. The editor has found a wonderfully reflective style that makes the ideas eminently useful for self-critical professionals. This is how inquiry best evolves.’
Irene Guijt is a Research Associate, RAPID Programme, Overseas Development Institute.
‘Wellbeing ranking is the centre piece method of participatory poverty research. This excellent volume provides a much-needed reminder of its continuing value to the broader applied research community.’
Jeremy Holland, Associate Consultant, Social Development Team, Oxford Policy Management
‘Using wealth ranking under the guidance of Barbara Grandin in Kenya in the mid-80s to undertake a base-line and planning survey for what was then called Intermediate Technology Development Group, now Practical Action’s early animal health care projects was very exciting and hugely inspirational. I was astonished that such a simple technique could reveal such detail about lives, livelihoods, and especially livestock management. The information we gathered was instrumental in designing approaches which could really meet people’s needs and resources, and formative in my understanding about the need for a thorough understanding of communities and the context for development work. And all from a card-sorting exercise that the participants themselves also seemed to enjoy doing. I am delighted that Barbara’s ground-braking work is receiving the recognition it deserves in this book.’
John Young, Head of the Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID), Overseas Development Institute
John Rowley John Rowley have worked for national and international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and commercial companies in the UK, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.