Rapid Action Learning approaches

Rapid Action Learning (RAL) approaches cover a range of learning and research activities that produce timely, relevant and actionable results.  Different RAL approaches have been developed and utilised by the Sanitation Learning Hub and partners over the past 10 years. It comprises of two main activities: participatory RAL workshops and RAL research.

Reports and briefs produced from both these activities are promptly assembled and disseminated to ensure that momentum is maintained, and recommendations can be actioned while they are still relevant. In RAL workshops we facilitate the sharing of good practices, participatory methods and innovations.

Workshops provide an informal, inclusive and safe space for peer-to-peer sharing and learning and immediate reflection and planning for action using what has been learnt. When organising and facilitating workshops we work with partners, consultants and practitioners, from across the sector and globe.

We have seen that creating a safe ‘exploration space’ often leads to valuable connections, insights and concrete steps forward. RAL methods aim to draw attention to urgent knowledge gaps, blind spots and emerging questions, to support policymakers, practitioners and partners in responding swiftly to ground realities. Methods are action-orientated and participatory.

We use RAL research approaches to rapidly gather evidence, often on an urgent overlooked sanitation and hygiene issue. The timely identification of these issues requires forwarding thinking and good communication within the sector.

To effectively respond to these knowledge gaps, we work in collaboration to rapidly gather evidence and recommend actions for steps forward.

What is Rapid Action Learning and how was it developed?

Robert Chambers explains the key principles behind Rapid Action Learning

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