Participatory action research methods, tools and ethics

On this page you will find links to materials, videos and other resources on the methods used in PAR. Links are provided to examples of the tools used, and to discussions and guidelines on ethical issues in PAR. The resources are in various languages. The most recently published resources are shown first. Please send us your resources to include on this page.

Building a movement for health

https://twha.be/phm-manual

Bodini C (edited by), People's Health Movement and Third World Health Aid,2017

This book is an aid in the struggle for health equity, which is the struggle for liberation from hunger, poverty and unjust socioeconomic structures. It's a tool to support movement-building at the country level and contribute to the strengthening of a global movement for health. It can be used by people who want to know more about the struggle for health in the world and about the People's Health Movement, by activists who seek inspiration and want to learn from other's experience, by groups involved in PAR and capacity-building, by scholars who research on civil society engagement in health.

Cómo se construye un movimiento para la salud

https://twha.be/mps-manual-esp

Bodini C (editado por), Movimiento para la Salud de los Pueblos y Medecina para el Tercer Mundo,2017

Este libro es una ayuda en la lucha por la salud, que es la lucha por la liberación del hambre, la pobreza y las estructuras socio-económicas injustas. Es una herramienta para construir movimientos a nivel país y mundial. Puede ser utilizado por personas que quieran saber más sobre la lucha por la salud en el mundo y el Movimiento para la Salud de los Pueblos, activistas que buscan inspiración de la experiencia de otras, grupos involucrados en la creación de capacidades y la investigación-acción participativa, académicas que investigan el compromiso de la sociedad civil con la salud.

Initiating a participatory action research process in the Agincourt health and socio–demographic surveillance site

http://www.jogh.org/documents/issue201701/jogh-07-010413.pdf

O Wariri, L D'Ambruoso, R Twine, S Ngobeni, M van der Merwe, B Spies, K Kahn, S Tollman, RG Wagner, P Byass,2017

This work reported on initiating a participatory action research (PAR) process in the Agincourt Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance Site (HDSS) in Mpumalanga province, rural northeast South Africa. The researchers initiated a PAR process to gain local knowledge and prioritize actions. The process was acceptable to those involved, and there was willingness and commitment to continue. The study provided a basis from which to gain support to develop fuller forms of participatory research in this setting. The next steps are to build deeper involvement of participants in the process.

Participatory action research

http://jech.bmj.com/content/jech/60/10/854.full.pdf

Baum F; MacDougall C; Smith D ,2017

The article defines PAR, its distinctive methods and its application to health. It discusses the role of power, lived experience and critical reflection in PAR and critically reflects on what this means for professional practice.

Poems - Infitun, Chloe, Chile

https://youtu.be/LxS7JQ9MQLc

Ibacache J,2017

Persona de ascendencia indigena chono-williche en Archipiélago de Chiloe , con cuadro clínico poco claro para medicina occidental. Se inicia Investigacion-Acción-Participativa (PAR) para entender la percepcion del paciente y de su familia. Esto permite iniciar un "dialogo de saberes" entre medicina occidental y medicina tradicional que lleva a que paciente y familia estén mejor del Sindrome Poems, causado por Infitun o Mal por Envidia, según percepción familiar. Esto video permite la adherencia a ambos sistemas de salud. Camara. Luis Tapia y direccion. Jaime Ibakatxe Burgos

The Barefoot Guide Connection

http://www.barefootguide.org/

The Barefoot Guide Writer's Collective,2017

This site provides free download of a range of interesting, thought provoking manuals which aim to share social change practice from around the world. To date there are 5 manuals : BFG1: Working with Organizations and Social Change; BFG2: Learning Practices in Organizations and Social Change; BFG3: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets for Transformation; BFG4: Exploring the Real Work of Social Change and BFG5: Mission Inclusion: Stories and practices of building a world where all belong.

The Community Tool Box

http://ctb.ku.edu/en/help-taking-action

Center for Community Health and Development,2017

The Community Tool Box is an online resource for work with people from different cultures. It sensitises to and raises strategies and activities for addressing racial prejudice. It provides a step by step guidance on how to conduct a community assessment, develop a strategic plan, write a grant, or carry out a participatory evaluation.

Champions for social change: Photovoice ethics in practice and ‘false hopes’ for policy and social change

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1170176

Johnston G: Global public health, 11 (5–6), 799–811,2016

This article is part of a special issue on Visual Methodologies. It examines the concerns of raising false hopes or unrealistic expectations among the participants of photovoice projects as they are positioned to be champions for social change in their communities. The paper poses a series of unanswered questions about the ethics of photovoice projects. The ethical concern centres on the focus of policy change as a key initiative; yet, most projects remain vague about the implementation and outcomes of this focus.

Emergent ethics in participatory video: negotiating the inherent tensions as group processes evolve

https://tinyurl.com/yb9nwzc6

Shaw J,2016

Community practitioner-researchers are enthusiastic about participatory video’s potential in opening space for new relational dynamics to evolve across difference. In reality, practice involves negotiation between the intention to build expressive agency and the (often conflicting) agendas of the variously positioned project actors. There is an ethical need to acknowledge the messy reality of the participatory video context, interrogate the power dynamics as processes evolve and understand participants’ experiences of taking part.

Participatory visual methodologies in global public health, Global Public Health, 11:5-6, 521-527

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1170184

C.M. Mitchell; M. Sommer ,2016

This article is the introduction to a 'Special Issue on Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health' published by the journal Global Public Health. The introduction serves to map out a range of participatory visual approaches, as well as critical issues related to the use of participatory visual methodologies in global health. In so doing, it offers both an overview of these innovative practices in global health and a consideration of some of the key questions that researchers might ask themselves in design and implementation.