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Participatory Research:
Internet Resources

Compiled by Lynn Lavallee, Philippa Campsie and David Hulchanski, August 2003

1. Full Text Articles and Reports on the Internet

Participatory Action Research: Getting the Job Done
Definition of participatory action research (PAR) and a proposed working framework for those interested in undertaking PAR, by Kaye Seymour-Rolls & Ian Hughes, University of Sidney in the Action Research Electronic Reader, edited by Ian Hughes.

Participatory Approaches to Research on Poverty
This Joseph Rowntree Foundation study, by Fran Bennett with Moraene Roberts, gives an overview of 'participatory' approaches to research and inquiry into poverty in the UK.
For a PDF of the study click here

Action Research Electronic Reader
A variety of information from the history of action research to specific instructions on conducting participatory action research
Edited by Ian Hughes, University of Sidney

Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Philosophical grounding of PAR
Methodological guidelines
Kimberley-Anne Ford, National Defence, Canada, December 2001

You want to do an action research thesis?
Beginner’s guide to the literature and describes how to conduct and report action research
Bob Dick, Action Learning Action Research and Process Management Association, Southern Cross University, Australia

Interested in Participatory Evaluation?
Outlines the characteristics of participatory action research, so that interested investigators can determine if their project fits the criteria
Rebecca S Hagey, University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing, a guest editorial in Chronic Diseases in Canada, Vol. 18, No.1, 1997.

The Use and Abuse of Participatory Action Research
Outlines the characteristics of participatory action research, so that interested investigators can determine if their project fits the criteria
Rebecca S Hagey, University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing, a guest editorial in Chronic Diseases in Canada, Vol. 18, No.1, 1997.

Responsible Research with Communities:
Participatory Research in Primary Care

Describes the process of creating collaborative research projects that include all parties: academics, physicians, community members, government agencies and other relevant players Policy statement of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) November, 1998.

Community-Based Public Health Research Principles
Principles to consider when conducting community-based research
From the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Centre

A Guide to Process Evaluation in Community-Based Research - Journey To Heart Health
Practical information to help you through your research
British Columbia (BC) Heart Health – A partnership of the University of Victoria, BC Ministry of Health Planning, Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, and Healthy Heart Society

Action Research – A Guide to Reading
Provides a history of action research
From – Information Education

Youth Involvement in Evaluation and Research
Why and how to involve youth in research
Publication from Harvard University, Karen Horsch et al., Harvard Family Research Project, Feb 2002


2. Websites

Youth-Centred Participatory Action Research
Provides useful information about youth-centred research, as well as several articles on the topic.

The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC)
A University-Community collaboration

PARnet - Participatory Action Research Network
Based at Cornell University, PARnet serves an international group of students, faculty, and other practitioners who share a commitment to promoting high standards of intellectual and social integrity in doing social research for social change.

Action Research at Queen's University
This site includes a range of materials from Action Research activities in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University.

Cornell Participatory Action Research Network
Open network of Cornell students, faculty, research and extension staff and community practitioners that seeks to develop, apply and promote/support the practice of participatory action research

Participatory Research and Community Development
Community Development Society, University of Kentucky

The Loka Institute
A non-profit research and advocacy organization concerned with the social, political, and environmental repercussions of research, science and technology. Information from the 2003 Community Research Network Conference.

The Clary Meuser Research Network
Independent Publisher of Research and Educational Resources – Has specific information on community research.

3. Funding for Community-Based and
    Participatory Action Research

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Community-University Research Alliances (CURA)
Funding opportunities through CURA, a special SSHRC initiative for community-university partnerships

The Community Based Collaboratives Research Consortium (CBCRC)
A network of researchers, mediators and facilitators, government agencies, community and environmental groups
Provides grants to fund research.

4. Links to Links on Community-Based
    Participatory Research

Web Links to Participatory Action Research Sites
A large number of links provided by the Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.

Participatory Research Links
By Dr. Bunyan Bryant, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan.

CURA: Gentrification &
Inclusive Communities

Toronto Neighbourhoods Research Network

Strategic Lobbying 101

Rent Regulation Options

Housing and Child Welfare

Participatory Research Resources