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.

Participatory action research: the Indian Family Stories Project.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029655403002008

Garwick A; Auger S ,2003

The article shared experiences and lessons learned from utilizing a participatory action approach in a series of five sub projects within the Indian Family Stories Project. The importance of community engagement, networking, contextualization of the activities, feedback and building a sustainable community resources were issues which were raised in the paper. The paper raised that community-based research projects are critically needed to reduce health disparities and ensure the delivery of health care services that are culturally appropriate and relevant to families and communities.

Through the Eyes of Women: Photovoice and participatory research as tools for reimagining place

https://tinyurl.com/y7ub4hsz

MacIntyre, A; Gender, Place and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 47–66, 2003,2003

This article explores the relationship between place and identity in a feminist PAR project, looking at how working-class women living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, experience the place(s) in which they live. The perspective of place is mediated by the sociopolitical history of Northern Ireland, as well as by gendered, classed, and religious-mediated contexts. The research used photovoice as a tool for investigating people’s lives, leading to a photo-text exhibit that provided knowledge to local and international communities on how women (re)formulate their vision of place and identity.

Using participatory action research to build healthy communities

https://tinyurl.com/ybcpjsc4

Minkler M ,2000

There paper highlighted the untapped potential use of PAR in the Healthy Cities movement in the US. The paper discussed the principles, definitions, and characteristics, parallels between par and healthy communities.

Participatory action research as a strategy for empowering Aboriginal health workers

https://tinyurl.com/y8ekkesb

Hecker, R. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 1997; 21: 784-7,1997

A participatory action research project was undertaken with Aboriginal health workers in South Australia. The study examined the factors that affect the empowerment of Aboriginal health workers within the context of an Aboriginal-controlled primary health care service. Findings showed that the three main factors preventing Aboriginal health workers from attaining a key role within the health service are the standard of training they receive, their low literacy and numeracy levels, and their lack of participation in decision making within the health service.

Research for Social Justice: Some North-South Convergences, Plenary Address at the Southern Sociological Society Meeting, Atlanta, April 8, 1995

http://comm-org.wisc.edu/si/falsborda.htm

Fals-Borda O ,1995

The address focused on the social justice and the role social scientists play to achieve it, particularly in Colombia. PAR has helped in understanding conflictual social processes and re-channelling collective energies towards a better course of action for justice and equity. Four guidelines for field research and scientific reporting are outlined: filling in the distance between subject and object, applying narratives, not depending solely on own culture to interpret facts and not imposing own scientific style when communicating results.

Participatory research on workers' health

http://tinyurl.com/ycgstlt8

Laurell AC, Noriega M, Martínez S, Villegas J ,1992

This paper presents action oriented participatory research using a collective questionnaire on characteristics of the labour process, risks and health damage for workers in a steel factory in Mexico. It was implemented by research institutions and trade unions. The paper presents a comparison between the information found on risks, health damage and the risks-health damage relationship found with the collective questionnaire and the findings from use of an individual questionnaire applied at the same steel factory. The results from the two methods were very similar.