Development and Testing of an Effective Rapid Assessment Framework

Period of Performance: 09/02/2008 - 03/02/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

1540 Columbine Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302
Principal Investigator


We propose to develop a rapid ethnographic assessment framework and methodologies based upon the literature and over 40 years of application by team members. Importantly, our team members' experience has been in conflict zones in Darfur, Bosnia, East Timor, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and others. We propose to develop a framework based upon different assessment periods... very rapid which involves a single day and long term which occurs from weeks to months. Our effort includes the analysis of various Human Social Cultural Behavioral computational models to ascertain how they can be used to establish 1) efficient procedures and 2) collect the right data. We propose to demonstrate the feasibility in Ethiopia - close to the Eritrean border - in a quasi-experimental format with two field-workers collecting data independently in a controlled comparison.