Rapid Results Initiatives (RRIs) are community-driven initiatives that enable barangay councils and their community to achieve risk reduction-related outcomes in 100 days. As an implementation approach, RRIs aims to help nudge barangay councils and their community towards new mindsets and behaviors:
- From spectators to owners and drivers of change, e.g., create a must do, you have to produce the result environment, so people will respond)
- From a victimhood mentality to a “can-do” attitude of competent professionalism
- From low expectations and risk aversion to making commitments to significant change
The RRI process
- The RRI process enables the barangays to overcome implementation barriers. It is designed to maintain momentum for continuous action and ensure that community efforts equal to the needed efforts to achieve the community outcomes. It involves work planning, launching of RRIs, implementation, and then recognition of results. The process is design to strengthen motivation and confidence of barangay councils to implement activities and achieve results.
- A key aspect of the process is tapping of the human desire to succeed, and strengthening it with activities designed to increase motivation and confidence.
- To maintain momentum, RRIs use short-term timeframes and compelling results to create a sense of urgency and excitement for the barangay councils and their community.
In line with the short timeframe, RRIs also set deadlines to promote accountability and strengthen commitments to results by barangay councils.
- The planning process creates the context to enable the barangay councils to identify an RRI that they want to implement, set their own objectives, and prepare their own work plan. The process also provides an opportunity for engaging the barangay councils and strengthening their ownership of their RRIs.
- A key aspect of the process is to make the barangay council feel challenged to achieve a community outcome. While the output of the process is a work plan, the intention is not for the barangay council to commit to the plan but rather to commit to achieve outcomes.
- The process also creates a context where the barangay councils are empowered to set their own direction for change and make decisions to proceed.
- In the identification of objectives, the achievement of risk reduction outcomes is linked to tangible results that are meaningful or important to the community. Motivation is further strengthened when RRI results are linked to community aspirations.
- Planning for RRIs also help unravel the causal links between community development goals and capacity constraints and enablers related to (a) conduciveness of sociopolitical environment, (b) efficiency of policy instruments, and (c) effectiveness of organizational arrangements.
- This is a one-day event meant to launch the RRIs and make it know to government agencies, NGOs, media organizations, and other key stakeholders. The launch is meant to reinforce the conditions for creating the emotional and psychological case barangay councils to make a commitment to achievement of results. The launch symbolizes a forging of ‘a social contract’ between the barangay council, their community, and to the general public.
- The launch is also meant to create a certain degree of social pressure, which generates among some key actors a determination to do something out of the usual to achieve the intended results.
- As the second part of the process, the launch aims to further nudge the barangay councils towards commitment.
- In the process, this is where the barangay councils and their communities will implement the activities in their work plan. To maintain momentum, implementation will be divided into two-week timeframes. For each two-week timeframe, the barangay councils will set objectives and outputs that they intend to achieve and accomplished in two weeks. This two-week timeframe will have a similar process of ‘planning-launching-recognition’ to ensure that motivation is reinforced even at the activity-level, e.g., undertaking small, visible activities increases motivation and improves confidence to eventually address more complicated issues and pursue bigger objectives in the succeeding weeks.
- Through the implementation of project activities, RRIs also aims to strengthen barangay councils’ ability to formulate strategies and solutions, build their organizational structures and processes, and enhance their knowledge and skills, and consequently better able to define and achieve their DRR-CCA objectives, engage in consultation and planning, and manage their own risk reduction projects as well as take part in partnerships and DRR-CCA initiatives.
- Capacity building activities will also be implemented to ensure that barangay councils will be able to effectively implement, which increases the likelihood to achieve results. This also further reinforces the council’s confidence to implement their RRIs.
Recognition. This is also one-day event similar to launching. The purpose is also to reinforce motivation by recognizing the results and accomplishments of the barangay councils through their RRIs.
RRI as a Start of CBDRRM
- RRIs are used to start the CBDRRM process of RAPID. The purpose of implementing RRIs is to:
- Jumpstart mobilization of the community—To build momentum and empower change agents.
- Create a “learning-by-doing” environment for achieving learning outcomes/objectives–To provide a natural context for achieving learning outcomes, particularly for stimulating attitude change, building confidence, and improving teamwork.
- Promote demand for technical assistance on DRM and CCA–To create a venue for delivering the learning content (knowledge and skills)
- RRI demonstrates first-hand how DRR-CCA is actually implemented on a smaller scale. This demonstration shows people that change is possible, builds their implementation capacity, creates a learning environment to increase knowledge and skills, while at the same time achieve results.
- RRIs provide a mechanism to mobilize the barangay councils and at the same time create a context for planning and for enhancing implementation capacity of barangay councils, while strengthening accountability and commitment for results.
- RRIs also replicate, in a calm and systematic way, the dynamics that naturally arise during crisis—such as clear sense of purpose, sense of urgency, collaboration across boundaries, and freedom to experiment.