Participatory action research is a process of on-going reflection and targeted action flushed out by a skilled facilitator in collaboration with members of local communities rather than on them. Local knowledge and perspectives are not only acknowledged but form the basis for research and planning.
Many of the methods and techniques used in participatory action research are drawn from mainstream social science disciplines such as political science, sociology, or psychology. The key difference between participatory action and conventional research methodologies, however, lies in the locus of power in the research process, one centered on the members of a targeted community themselves.
Participatory Action Research is TGOW-I's principal method for engaging local communities in the ongoing struggle to attain human rights and cultural dignity. Members of groups and organizations agree to address a common violation of rights or a social emergency through a strategic process that culminates in:
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Examples of Past TGOW-I PAR Initiatives:
Take a moment and review any of the PAR guides listed below in our Toolkit!
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