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.

Video - Los messajes de madres - con hijos en situacion de calle - PAR with mothers of street children, Bolivia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNSl4GMedk8

Mensajesdemadres and Vrije Universiteit, Brussels,2012

This video was made during a participatory research process with mothers whose children currently live on the streets. The content is based on videotapes of mothers who gave messages to aid services. The mothers didn't want to appear in the video and so they used animations to get their messages across. The goal of the group was to show the messages to the Bolivian social services (governmental and non-governmental) and to invite them to engage with them. The encounter between mothers and social services finally took place in May 2013. Spanish with English subtitles, 7 mins

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.

Best practices in the reporting of participatory action research: Embracing both the forest and the trees

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0011000010376416

Smith L; Rosenzweig L; Schmidt M ,2010

The article presents best-practices suggestions for writing about PAR based on an analysis of PAR articles published between 2000 and 2008.

Critical reflections on social injustice and participatory action research: The case of the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines

http://tinyurl.com/ycnpwh5t

Estacioa E; Marks D ,2010

The paper reflects on the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines on how best to address social injustice in their context. the outcome of the study reveled the various problems associated with the use of PAR during the research. It also reflects on the ethical implications of facilitating action research particularly on the health and welfare of those who were engaged. The results revealed various complexities that needs the attention of those in power to ensure the role of those who are socially disadvantaged.

Participatory action research approaches and methods

http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/ijcre/article/view/1039

Gibson N,2010

This book offers a critical introduction to understanding and working with PAR in different social, spatial and institutional contexts in three parts. The first part explores the intellectual, ethical and pragmatic contexts of PAR; the development and diversity of approaches to PAR; perspectives on PAR as a form of power. Part two is a critical exploration of the politics, places and practices of PAR.. Part three reflects on how effective PAR is, including its products and processes, participatory learning, benefits and challenges, and working between research, action, activism and change.

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.

Reflections on doing participatory research in health: participation, method and power

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13645570802373676

Bourke L,2009

This paper reports and on the experience of facilitating three participatory research projects in southeast Australia and discusses the issues it raises on participation, method and power. The experience raised issues of negotiation, inclusion, quality of research, differing agendas and roles and the integrity of those involved. The paper discusses these issues and how decisions are made around them.

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.