The reality that many structural factors can impact community-level health interventions mandates a more inter-disciplinary, integrated view of health, and a more sophisticated framework for measuring intervention effectiveness, whether it is by medical, advocacy, social marketing, or other means. In the context of scarce resources, wide-spread corruption, and conflicting political pressures it is essential that community-level health efforts are backed by robust evidence of effectiveness and are accompanied by real efforts to measure and improve their impact. To begin to create such an evidence base requires efforts to develop standards, methodologies, and tools that are easy to understand, use and disseminate. The RPAR represents just such an effort.

The methodology of RPAR rests on both epidemiological and sociological foundations, listed on the left menu bar. Click on the section of interest for more information.






Last Updated: February 2006