Rapid institutional appraisal

Armson, R.; Ison, R.L.; Short, L.; Ramage, M. and Reynolds, M. (2001). Rapid institutional appraisal. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 14(6) pp. 763–777.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1013182429327


A week-long intensive process of staff development and induction called Rapid Institutional Appraisal (RIA) was conducted in November 2000 in the Systems Discipline, Centre for Complexity and Change (CCC), at the Open University. We report the systemic roots and characteristics of the RIA as designed from traditions of soft systems methodology and rapid rural appraisal. Our experiences arising from our own use of RIA are described and the wider implications for organizational learning in a complex organization discussed. While acknowledging limitations with this RIA event, we argue that RIA offers a potential model for staff development for adaptive use in different contexts and on varying scales. The process builds on principles of "conversation" and "multiple perspectives" as the touchstone for establishing a purposeful community of practice.

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