Review Essay: Rapid Assessment Process in Qualitative Inquiry

  • Charles Lee Cole University of Louisiana at Monroe
Keywords: rapid assessment process, qualitative methodology, ethnography, participant observation


James BEEBE presents a model for doing what he labels the Rapid Assessment Process (RAP). This review essay provides a critical review of and commentary on BEEBE's text for qualitative researchers to use for applied evaluation projects. The RAP model is a systematic approach based upon collaborative inclusion of insider and outsider perspectives in building a research team that collectively conducts the research process from beginning steps to final report. BEEBE's text on how to use the RAP model is rich with descriptive illustrations from actual research projects he has done in various cultural settings. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0204332


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Author Biography

Charles Lee Cole, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Charles Lee COLE, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.,C.F.L.E., is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Iowa, Louisiana, and Mississippi and a Certified Family Life Educator. He is currently Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Endowed Chair in Marriage and Family Therapy at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. COLE has presented over a hundred refereed presentations at national and international professional associations and learned societies such as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Council on Family Relations, American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems and has published widely on topics related to marriage and the family. His current research focuses on marriage and the development of preventive solutions to marriage and family problems.
How to Cite
Cole, C. L. (2002). Review Essay: Rapid Assessment Process in Qualitative Inquiry. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(4).
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