The Rapid Area Assessment (RAA)
The Rapid Area Assessment is the culminating learning activity for the MDM Program’s Module 1. It involves actual field work or area immersion of the learning teams in organizations and geographic areas of their choice for study. The RAA provides an opportunity to integrate their learning from the various courses as they design their rapid assessment study and undertake data collection and analysis, report writing and presentation in class. The RAA is a learning team activity happening two weeks after the final exams of Module 1. Each learning team selects the geographic areas and organizations they’d like to study based on the guidelines for site selection and their financial capacity to shoulder the full costs of the RAA, including transportation, supplies, food and accommodations. The RAA also exposes the students to the challenges of managing relationships as they work together for two weeks, and to think on their feet while conducting research.
Photos by Zabra Yu Siwa (MDM 2013). Learning Team Phoenix's RAA in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.