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.

Photovoice and empowerment: evaluating the transformative potential of a participatory action research project

Budig K; Diez J; Conde P; et al: BMC Public Health 18(432), doi:,2018

This study explored the individual experiences of the female individuals who participated in a previous Photovoice project in a low-income area of Madrid, Spain in 2016. Positive changes were found in the three dimensions: 1) participants acquired new knowledge and critical awareness; 2) the social recognition participants received transformed their self-perception; and 3) the project allowed them to expand their social networks and to build new links with different actors.

"Casi como una plaga" PAR en Cancer. Archipiélago de Chiloe. Chile

Ibakatxe Burgos J,2017

Video de investigación de terreno(PAR) donde se destacan tres testimonios de personas de comunidades insulares del Archipiélago de Chiloe respecto del Cancer. En Chiloe el cáncer es la segunda causa de fallecimientos y las personas lo asocian a cambio alimentación, emociones negativas y también a Mal por Envidia hecho por terceras personas. Esto es un desafío para profesionales de la salud que han llegado desde fuera del territorio.Video con el cual se hacen debates con autoridades de salud, equipos de salud y también con comunidad en la linea de la Epidemiología Sociocultural y Salud Cole

Building a movement for health

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

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.

Experiences of using a participatory action research approach to strengthen district local capacity in Eastern Uganda

Tetui M; Coe AB; Hurtig AK; Ekirapa EK; Kiwanuka SN,2017

The paper describes how local stakeholders and researchers used of PAR to strengthen local district level capacity to implement and sustain an intervention. The study was undertaken in three rural districts in Eastern Uganda as part of a larger project which aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes using a more sustainable approach.

MANIFEST supplement and other materials

George A; Tetui M; Pariyo G; Peterson S, Global Health Action, 10:sup4, DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1359924,2017

The MANIFEST project used PAR to implement a project to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in Uganda. Here we share different aspects of the project. MANIFEST supported community outreach in the form of community health worker (CHW) home visits, coupled with community awareness (dialogues, radio) and community capacity strengthening (community savings and transport initiatives) to ensure that, with community support, mothers and families felt empowered to seek timely care.

Poems - Infitun, Chloe, Chile

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

“Working on Empty” Ellen Rosskam, PhD, MPH — Contributing Researcher and Blog Writer

Ellen Rosskam, PhD, MPH,2017

“Working on Empty” (WOE) is a multimedia project on how the U.S. workplace is making Americans sick and what must change to protect the health of our workforce.

Power and glory: applying participatory action research in public health

Baum, F. Gaceta Sanitaria Volume 30, Issue 6, November–December 2016, Pages 405-407,2016

PAR holds great, and as yet largely unrealised promise, to create greater mobilisation and community interest and action on health inequities and action on the social determinants of health. The use of PAR in public health comes from various traditions and has been applied to a wide range of issues, using a wide range of methods. This paper explores these issues, as well as looking at the concept of power as a central issue for public health researchers to consider in seeking to redress inequities through action on social determinants of health.

Reflections on actions and learning from participatory work on health in Cassa Banana, Zimbabwe. TARSC, ZADHR, Cassa Banana Community Health Committee, EQUINET PRA Paper. Harare

Kaim, B,2016

This paper reflects on the successes and challenges faced by the Cassa Banana Community Health Committee in meeting this informal settlement's community health needs and in trying to strengthen relations with the Harare City Council and other stakeholders. It looks at issues of leadership, social cohesion and power as key components to the successful mobilisation of a diverse and fractured community. It ends by recommending possible actions, and comments on the extent to which the challenges faced in Cassa Banana can be generalised to other communities in Zimbabwe and the region.