How can we create momentum for change in a persistent or crisis problem area?

Rapid Results Approach (RRA) in Health

What is it and how can it help? 

The Rapid Results Approach (RRA) is a systematic and intensive 90-120 day coaching initiative process for producing tangible results in a specific problem area. RRA is used to create breakthrough changes in larger programs which are hoped to catalyze a virtuous cycle of achievement where short-term successes create the basis for the achievement of longer term goals.

When does it work best? 
  • RRA is typically applied to projects for which implementation is unusually slow.
  • RRA works best when there is clear and shared understanding of the goals to be achieved.
  • Strongly supportive political leadership and high-level support is prerequisite for an RRA.
  • RRA works best when delivered by experienced RRA coaches that are external to the specific development context.
How do I use it? 
  • The typical structure of the RRA consists of 4 phases: 1) Shaping, 2) Launching, 3) Mid-point review, and 4) Final review
  • The individual phases help to create the right context for change, identify a viable challenge to make progress on, and identify the right people for the team.
  • RRA coaches lead the participants through the four phases providing support throughout the process.
Where has it been used? 

RRA has been used across different sectors in the following countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Central African Republic,  Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Yemen.

What are its limitations? 
  • One potential issue is related to the readiness of the government to pay for the RRA coaches – in some cases, government personnel act as internal coaches (which is generally less effective).
  • Arrangements must be made for making the momentum generated by an RRA sustainable
Where can I go to learn more? 
  • Rapid Results Initiatives: Capacity for Development Results Framework
  • InfoBrief: Rapid Results