Participatory Action Research (PAR): Equitable Partnerships and Engaged Research (Online)


06/08/2024 - 13/08/2024

Organised by:

University of Liverpool (an NCRM Centre Partner)


Dr Kim Ozano and Dr Laura Dean


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Dr Billie-Gina Thomason

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Venue: Online


PAR aims to create a space for researcher and participants to co-produce knowledge and where relevant, action for change. PAR is considered as a research paradigm in itself, that embodies a particular set of concepts under which researchers operate (Minkler and Wallerstein 2008). These include respect for diversity, community strengths, reflection of cultural identities, power-sharing, and co-learning (Minkler 2000). In this session we will explore these principles, the cyclical approach to PAR and what this means in practice. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn terminology, understand participation in community engaged research, explore how power and positionality can change health outcomes in PAR, and learn about a variety of participatory methods and how they have been applied in different contexts, globally and within the UK. Participants will also be provided with the space to explore challenges they are facing in designing or implementing community engaged collaborative research within a discussion clinic forum.  


Preparation reading and videos shared beforehand

Morning online teaching and discussion with example videos and guests


Day 1 (6th August 2024) - The history of PAR and underpinning orientation.

  • Planning and setting up a PAR project
  • Skills required for a PAR study
  • Ethical considerations specific to a PAR study
  • Participatory research with children and young people
  • Photovoice methodology
  • Independent activity
  • Group discussion  


Day 2 (13th August 2024) - Doing co-analysis

  • Participatory research methods (examples of other visual methods, social mapping, seasonal calendars and other non-visual methods but still participatory such as narratives and others that have been used)
  • Participation and inclusion 
  • Dissemination and writing for PAR projects – different approaches, narratives/thematic analysis, thesis, publications, policy briefs, blogs and others
  • Group discussion on pre-workshop task 
  • Advice clinic


Afternoon independent learning and practical exercises 

Practical activities: 

  • Day 1: Photovoice activity and reflections
  • Day 2: Individual PAR project outline and feedback


The fee per teaching day is £35 per day for students / £70 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £250 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration:


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Frameworks for Research and Research Designs, Participatory Research, Action Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Data Collection, Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination

Related publications and presentations:

Frameworks for Research and Research Designs
Participatory Research
Action Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Data Collection
Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination

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