Participatory Information Systems Appraisal (PISA) represents a shift in the predominant way of thinking about information for economic and social development. Developed in Mongolia over a four-year period by Pact, PISA adapts a well developed family of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools for today’s information-intensive economy, where new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are increasingly promoted as tools for poverty alleviation and sustainable human development.

The PISA approach systematically introduces and explains the concepts and strategies needed to make well informed,, data-based decisions while empowering key stakeholders in the process. Recognizing the need for rapid information exchange in an information-intensive world, the PISA process establishes a lasting information channel in the heart of the information channel in the heart of the information channel very community a program seeks to support.