Participatory action research work

On this page you will find links to stories, case studies, briefs, blogs, videos, text or photojournalism of PAR work, including facilitator reflections on their work in PAR. The resources are in various languages. The most recently published resources are shown first. Please send us your stories, reflections and resources, whether written or visual.

Investigación-Acción Participativa En Sistemas De Salud: Una Guía De Métodos

http://equinetafrica.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/Spanish_PAR_Reader_March_2015_for_web.pdf

Loewenson R; Laurell AC; Hogstedt C; D’Ambruoso L; Shroff Z,2015

Esta Guía de metodos promueve la comprensión del término ‘investigación-acción participativa’ (IAP) y ofrece información sobre sus paradigmas, métodos y usos, particularmente en el ámbito de políticas y sistemas de salud. La Guía recoge experiencias y trabajos publicados de todas las regiones del mundo y explica: las caracaterísticas claves de la IAP así como la historia y los paradigmas de conocimiento que la informan; los procesos y métodos utilizados en la IAP, y asuntos de comunicación, informes, institucionalización y usos de la investigación-acción en política y sistema de salud.

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.

Building empowered communities for health: A film on health literacy and participatory approaches to health in Zambia

http://vimeo.com/72914294

TARSC; Lusaka District Health Management Team; Ministry of Health Zambia ,2013

This video describes the origins and development of work on health literacy in Lusaka using PAR approaches from the lens and through the voice of the many different actors involved: communities, health workers and policy levels. It tells the journey of introducing and implementing health literacy in Lusaka for communities to identify health problems, prioritise, plan and act upon them and change the mind-set of the both the community and the health system.

De fracaso y frustración en el trabajo de campo: cómo asumir la ética de la representación en la investigación participativa (Of failure and frustration in field work – how to assume the ethics of representation in participatory research)

http://www.redalyc.org/html/396/39630036016/index.html

Oslender U,2013

One of the lacunas of methodological engagement in PAR is how to address issues of fracaso, or failure, where the academic-activist him/herself has experienced deep disappointment or frustration in the way the research situation unfolded Otra carencia en los debates metodológicos se refiere a la falta de enfrentar abiertamente problemas de fracaso, decepción o frustración que el académico-activista pueda haber experimentado en el trabajo de campo. This paper critically examines this from the author's personal experience.

Participatory Methods

http://www.participatorymethods.org/task/communicate

Institute of Development Studies,2013

An explosion of new methods, technologies, theories and approaches has taken place around the world, adding enormously to the range of available methods for participation. Increasingly sophisticated visual methods and tools for networking and data collection give us access to different forms of knowledge and political action. This website is a repository of examples from all over the world.

Who are we to care? Exploring the relationship between participation, knowledge and power in health systems

http://www.tarsc.org/publications/documents/Issue%20paper%20participation%20Kaim%20April2013.pdf

Kaim B,2013

The paper addresses the interaction between participation, knowledge and power in health systems.

Who are we to care? Exploring the relationship between participation, knowledge and power in health systems. TARSC, Zimbabwe, and COPASAH

http://www.tarsc.org/publications/documents/Issue%20paper%20participation%20Kaim%20April2013.pdf

Kaim, B,2013

This paper explores how the interaction between people’s participation, knowledge and power effects the functioning of health systems. It pays particular attention to the importance of building people centred health systems which give voice and agency to the poor and most vulnerable in communities. It explores the role PAR plays in this process. The paper concludes by asking a series of questions to provoke and deepen our thinking on ways we can overcome obstacles to building a more just and equitable health system , from community to global level as a strategy for change.

Evidence from Participatory Research on Community Health Systems for HIV treatment and support in east and southern Africa

http://www.tarsc.org/publications/documents/COBASYS_Synthesis%20Final%20Dec2011.pdf

Machingura F; Loewenson R; Chikaphupha K; Loforte A; Mallya T; Matengu K; Seleke L,2011

The report presented and discussed the findings from the PAR conducted in 12 sites in the six east and southern Africa countries between April 2010 and October 2011 on community and local health worker views and knowledge on community systems and services for responding to HIV and AIDS.

Raising the Profile of Participatory Action Research at the 2010 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

http://www.scielosp.org/pdf/medicc/v13n3/08.pdf

Loewenson R; Flores W; Shukla A; Kagis M; Baba A; Ryklief A; Mbwili-Muleya C; Kakde D ,2011

This paper summarizes and analyzes discussions from two sessions on PAR convened by the authors at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux Switzerland, November 16–19 2010. The discussions were centred on experiences using PAR approaches in HSR in Guatemala, India, East and Southern Africa and Canada and its relevance with a follow-up action to build a PAR learning network.

A Guide to the Literature on Participatory Research with Youth

http://www.yorku.ca/act/reports/InvolvingYouthInResearch.pdf

Ollner A, The Assets Coming Together for Youth Project York University,2010

This practical tool contains summaries of articles on research that has engaged with youth as active participants. The articles were selected based on the level of participation of youth within the research process; articles describing research in which youth participation consisted of being interviewed were not included. Categories include: innovative arts-based methods; youth as co-researchers; empowerment; youth participation in evaluation of youth services; youth in communities; civic participation/social action; and critical perspectives on engaging youth in research.