Rapid Assessment Process (RAP) is a way to investigate complicated situations in which issues are not yet well defined and where there is not sufficient time or other resources for long-term, traditional qualitative research. RAP uses intensive team interaction in both the collection and analysis of data instead of prolonged fieldwork and iterative data analysis and additional data collection to quickly develop a preliminary understanding of a situation from the insider's perspective. 

RAP Power Point 2007 SlideShare

Link to second edition Rapid Qualitative Inquiry

RQI Power Point 2014 SlideShare

James Beebe, Last update May 30, 2014