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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Force field analysis: applications in PRA

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Force field analysis: applications in PRA Somesh Kumar Introduction 1951). According to Lewin, any situation or performance can be viewed as a state of Force Field Analysis is a technique to visually temporary equilibrium. This equilibrium is identify and analyse forces affecting a problem caused by two sets of opposing forces (see situation so as to plan a positive change. It has Figure 1): been used in diverse fields ranging from · those which try to bring change: driving, organisational change to self-development. Its facilitating or positive forces; and, visual character, simplicity, suitability for group · those which try to maintain the status quo: work and applicability in planning for change restraining, resisting or negative forces. makes it a potential tool with wide application in PRA. This article traces the background and The length of the arrow in Figure 1 denotes the origin of Force Field Analysis, enumerates steps strength of the force depicted. For every force for using it and gives examples of its use in there need not be an opposing force. In FFA, the PRA. forces affecting a problem situation are assigned weights according to their perceived impact on the ...

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