About this Research Topic
Despite widespread interest in this topic, there are limited reflections on the daily challenges of carrying out rapid research and evaluations. This Research Topic seeks to address this gap by analyzing the everyday experiences of designing and implementing rapid studies in a wide range of sectors and global settings. It will include contributions from researchers based in academic and non-academic settings.
The Research Topic will seek to answer the following questions:
• What are the main challenges of designing and implementing rapid studies? How are these challenges shaped by time pressures, local contexts, resources of the team, etc.?
• Are there challenges that researchers/research teams are unable to overcome? Why?
• What are the common changes researchers make throughout rapid studies and why are these changes made?
• What are the contributions of rapid research and evaluation?
• What are some the lessons research teams have learned while designing and implementing rapid studies?
The Research Topic brings together articles that cover a wide range of rapid research and evaluation approaches (including but not limited to rapid appraisals, rapid assessments, rapid ethnographic assessments, rapid ethnographies, rapid evaluations, rapid assessment procedures) with case studies from 15 countries and researchers based in academic institutions, the healthcare sector, and non-governmental organizations.
Contributions are by invitation only.
Keywords: Rapid research, social sciences, qualitative research, emergencies, policy
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.