Rapid Action Learning for Sanitation and Hygiene Programming

Frontiers of Sanitation 15
September 2020

There is a glaring gap and compelling need for approaches and methods that realign to new rigour through timeliness, cost-effectiveness, relevance and being actionable.

Over the past few years, the Sanitation Learning Hub, in collaboration with the Government of India, Praxis, WSSCC and WaterAid India, have been developing Rapid Action Learning approaches. Multiple approaches have been trialled, with flexible formats, but the essential criteria is that learning is timely, relevant and actionable.

These learning approaches are the focus of the latest edition of the Frontiers of Sanitation series. This Frontiers explains the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches trialled and sets out a challenge to those working in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to:

  1. Reflect on what, for you, constitutes rigour.
  2. Adopt and adapt approaches to fit your context and needs.
  3. Develop your own approaches.
  4. Record your experiences and lessons learnt.
  5. Take the time to share your experiences with us. (Email the Hub on [email protected])

To commemorate and reflect on the publication, the Hub sat down with colleagues and partners WaterAid India and WSSCC to discuss lessons learned and the future of Rapid Action Learning. You can watch these five short videos in the playlist below.

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
ThemesBehaviour change, Campaigns, Design, nudges and cues, Government leadership, Leave no one behind, Monitoring, evaluation and learning, National and sub-national monitoring systems, Outcomes and impacts, Social norms, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation, Tools and processes
ApproachesContext analysis, Immersive approaches, Learning approaches, Learning from failure, Rapid Action Learning approaches

Chambers, R., Myers, J. and N. Vernon (2020) ‘Rapid Action Learning for Sanitation and Hygiene Programming’, Frontiers of Sanitation: Innovations and Insights 15 Brighton: IDS


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