Participatory action research publications in journal papers and reports

On this page you will find links to published journal papers and reports on and about PAR. The most recently published resources are shown first. Please send us your reports and journal paper links. If they are published papers that have been reviewed and finalised but are but not online let us know in the form you send and we will contact you in case we are able to upload them and make them available online.

Participatory action research in health systems: a methods reader

http://equinetafrica.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/PAR_Methods_Reader2014_for_web.pdf

Loewenson R; Laurell AC; Hogstedt C; D’Ambruoso L; Shroff Z,2014

The result of team work, this reader draws on experience and published work from all regions globally and explains: • key features of participatory action research and the history and knowledge paradigms that inform it; • processes and methods used in participatory action research, including innovations and developments in the field and the ethical and methods issues in implementing it; and • communication, reporting, institutionalization and use of participatory action research in health systems.

Participatory Action Research: New Uses, New Contexts, New Challenges

https://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/prari/files/working_paper_6_en.pdf

Amaya, A.A; Yeates, N. Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration (PRARI) Working Paper 15-6,2014

This paper reviews why PAR is relevant for research uptake and impact agendas, and considers its opportunities, tensions, dilemmas and limits in impact contexts internationally, including where these involve ‘non-standard’ PAR populations. Participatory research raises a number of challenges -- professional, political, logistical. In addition, how PAR is applied in practice and the context of that practice bear significantly on the quality and nature of the research outcomes. The relationship between PAR and policy change as a research topic in its own right is also explored.

Women's groups practising participatory learning and action to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3797417/

Prost A; Colbourn T; Seward N; et al.,2013

Different approaches for the improvement of birth outcomes have been used in community-based interventions, with heterogeneous effects on survival. The authors assessed the effects of women's groups practising participatory learning and action, compared with usual care, on birth outcomes in low-resource settings. With the participation of at least a third of pregnant women and adequate population coverage, women's groups practising participatory learning and action are a cost-effective strategy to improve maternal and neonatal survival in low-resource settings.

Community Health Workers Support Community-based Participatory Research Ethics: Lessons Learned along the Research-to-Practice-to-Community Continuum

http://muse.jhu.edu/article/488917/pdf

Smith S; Blumenthal D ,2012

This article examines experiences and lessons learned from involving community health workers in research enabling the the community to gain some degree of control over the research intervention and operationalizing ethical principles in community based participatory research.

‘Everyone is doing something and calling it PRA’ A Critical Reflection on Participatory Methods in Development

https://tinyurl.com/7j7wvfl

Parduhn, D. School of Global Studies, University of Sussex ,2011

The present paper argues that implementing participatory methods which go beyond consultation involves a wide range of difficulties. Even very careful implementation, which demands a range of skills and critical awareness of the identified problems, can not eliminate all of the issues raised. On the contrary, the mainstreaming of participation has in many instances counteracted its underlying ideals. However, cases of bad practice should not justify writing off the entire approach.

A Contribuição da Pesquisa Avaliação para o Processo de Implementação do Controle Social no SUS

http://www.scielo.br/pdf/sausoc/v19n4/06.pdf

Batista A; Muñiz J; Ferreira J; Mitre Cotta R,2010

Este artigo foi desenvolvido com base nos resultados da aplicação dos pressupostos teóricos da pesquisa de avaliação, no processo de implementação de uma política na saúde no município de Ponte Nova, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Para isso, contextualizaram-se as políticas aplicadas ao campo da saúde pública a partir da década de 1970, por meio de dois eixos complementares: a Constituição Federal de 1988 e as Leis Orgânicas da Saúde 8.080 e 8.142 de 1990, que criaram e regulamentaram o Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS). Essa análise revelou as formas de participação dos conselheiros nas reuniões.

A framework for entry: PAR values and engagement strategies in community research

http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/ijcre/article/view/1328

Ochocka J; Moorlag E; Janzen R, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement (3),2010

This article explores the entry process in community-based research and suggest a framework for entry that utilises the values of PAR, drawing on research in Canada from 2005–2010. The article emphasises that the indicator of success is a well-established and trusted community-researcher relationship. This article first examines this broader understanding of entry, then looks at how community research entry can be shaped by an illustrative framework, or guide, that uses a combination of participatory action research (PAR) values and engagement strategies.

Participatory action research: Addressing social vulnerability of rural women through income-generating activities

https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/20/20

van Niekerk, L and van Niekerk, D; Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, Vol. 2, No.2, November 2009,2009

This article focuses on PAR as a strategy to understand social vulnerability within the context of women as rural farm dwellers in the North-West Province, South Africa. It emphasises the need for continued participation and the practical principles/benefits derived from PAR. The PAR process cycles are discussed. The article emphasises that the application of the PAR process can make a contribution towards the development of a community by creating an understanding of social vulnerability, by building capacity and by ensuring participation. It also addresses income-generating activities.

Stressed and Fatigued on the Ground and in the Sky: Changes from 2000 – 2007 in civil aviation workers’ conditions of work; A global study of 116 countries in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Middle East, North America, Latin/South America, and Europe in the post-9/

http://unhealthywork.org/wp-content/uploads/Published_ITF_Stress_and_Fatigue_Study_Report-1.pdf

Rosskam E; Greiner B; Mateski M; McCarthy V; Siegrist J; Smith S; Wege N; Zsoldos L,2009

This report describes what happened to civil aviation workers around the world between 2000 and 2007.The study examined the changes that took place globally between those years. The year 2000 was used as a baseline in order to give an idea of conditions before 9/11. The findings of this investigation reveal a disturbing picture of a steady decline in conditions faced by civil aviation workers in all three occupational groups, in all regions, between 2000 and 2007. Overally the conditions of labour need to be improved, and improved significantly, both for workers and for public safety.

Assessing Social Change Through Participatory Action Research: The Case of Kasighau Small-Scale Miners, Kenya

http://www.ids.ac.uk/files/Kasighau_casestudy.pdf

Mwasaru M,2007

This case study describes the author’s experience with the use of PAR using a ‘resistance paradigm’. The primary actors in the PAR process were the small-scale miners association and the Kasighau community. in Kenya concerning their rights in a protracted struggle for control of and access to minerals in their own ancestral lands. An emerging boldness and bravery in the small-scale miners could be directly linked to the PAR process and as a reflection of the continued opening up of political space in Kenyan society.