Participative Ranking Methodology: A Brief Guide: Version 1.1

Ager, A., Stark, S., & Potts, A.
Publication language
Date published
01 Feb 2010
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Program on Forced Migration and Health
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Evaluation-related, Participation, Accountability and Participation


This document describes the participative ranking methodology, a development of the participatory rapid appraisal ranking method. Participative ranking is a mixed-methods approach to data collection, in which a group of knowledgeable participants are guided in generating responses to a specific question or set of questions. It draws on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to generate rich, contextualised data that can nonetheless be counted, ranked, and compared across or within groups. This methodology promotes an engaged and participatory process, which rapidly highlights key findings while providing the opportunity for deeper analysis as resources permit. Collected in a structured manner, results can be swiftly consolidated and used to develop action plans addressing identified priorities.