What is RAAPP?
The Rapid Assessment and Action Planning Process (RAAPP) is a country-driven and evidence-based method. It equips ministries of education and health and other national organizations to assess and improve their capacity to promote health through schools. The RAAPP includes methods, instruments and professional development activities to prepare in-country teams to collect their own data and engage in a customized action planning process. The goal of the RAAPP is to strengthen countries' capacity to support national, provincial, and local school health programs. Given the link between health and education, RAAPP is based on two concepts put forth by the World Health Organization and its partners: Health-Promoting Schools (HPS) and Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH).
The RAAPP measures the current capacity of a nation to promote health through schools as perceived by key players in the national system. Five core elements of National Capacity are used to measure the current ability of a nation to promote health through schools.