Advanced participatory data gathering, using Ketso



Organised by:

The University of Manchester


Dr Joanne Tippett


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579,


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Hanson Room, Humanities Bridgeford St Building,University of Manchester


The course is aimed at researchers who wish to involve stakeholders or community members in their research, and who wish to gain skills in effective stakeholder engagement and participatory data gathering. It is suitable for those considering a wide spectrum of participatory approaches, from a stakeholder-led enquiry, to a mixed methods approach with elements of participatory data gathering.


The course will:

1. Introduce key principles of stakeholder engagement in research and explore these in the context of delegate’s research

2. Develop knowledge of participatory and action research, its challenges and opportunities

3. Develop skills in planning workshops and participatory events with stakeholders

4. Introduce Ketso as a tool for participatory data gathering through a series of practical exercises

5. Explore ways to analyse participatory data (using a spreadsheet developed for analysing data from Ketso workshops)

6. Increase participants’ awareness of research impact and ways to increase impact from research

Participants will have an opportunity to explore stakeholder engagement for their own research or upcoming projects. There will be a series of hands-on exercises and many opportunities for dialogue amongst delegates and with the course leader.

The course will use Ketso as an example of an approach to participatory data gathering, because each piece of the kit is designed to incorporate a key element that needs to be considered in designing effective workshops and focus groups. The principles taught on the course can be applied to other approaches to data gathering and participatory tools.


No prior knowledge of participatory research, facilitation, or Ketso is assumed for this course.

Participatory & Action Research

Bradbury-Huang, H. 2010. What is good action research? Why the resurgent interest? Action Research, 8(1): 93-109.

Bushe, G. R. and Kassam, A. F. 2005. When is appreciative inquiry transformational?. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 41(2): 161–181.

Chambers, R. (1997) Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last, IT Publications, London.

Checkland, P. and Holwell, S. E. 1998. 'Action research: Its nature and validity.' Systemic Practice and Action Research, (11): 9–21.

Cooperrider, D. L. and Whitney, D. 2005. Appreciative Inquiry: A positive revolution in change, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.

Kemmis, S. and McTaggart, R. 2000. 'Participatory Action Research'. Handbook of Qualitative Research, Second Edition. N. K. Denzin and Y. S. Lincoln, Ed. Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications: 567 - 605.

Kolb, D. A. (1984) Experiential learning, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.


Overview of Ketso and free training resources:


Case studies about Ketso in research:


Selected References:

Alabbasi, D.; Stelma, J. (2018) Using Ketso in Qualitative Research With Female Saudi Teachers. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 2, apr. 2018. ISSN 1438-5627.

Furlong, C., Tippett, J. (2013) “Returning knowledge to the community: an innovative approach to sharing knowledge about drinking water practices in a peri-urban community” Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, Vol 3 No 4 pp 629–637 doi:10.2166/washdev.2013.071

Ivashinenko, Nina (2014) Searching for a New Approach to Face Poverty on the Local Level, a Case Study in a Small Russian Town, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 22:3, 403-419, DOI: 10.1080/0965156X.2014.988493

McIntosh, A. J., Cockburn-Wootten, C. (2016) ‘Using Ketso for engaged tourism scholarship’, Annals of Tourism Research, Volume 56, January 2016, pages 148-151

O’Shea, S., 2012 Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics (Gender and Politics Series), Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11, (3-4), 460-462.

Tippett, J, Farnsworth, V., How F., Le Roux, E., Mann, P. & Sherriff, G. 2009 Improving Sustainability Skills and Knowledge in the Workplace- Final Project Report. Manchester: Sustainable Consumption Institute.

Tippett, J. (2013) “Creativity and learning – participatory planning and the co-production of local knowledge” Town and Country Planning, TCPA, October, 2013: Special Issue: Urban and Regional Ecology and Resilience, pp 439-442

Tippett, J., Connelly, A., How, F. (2011) "You Want Me to Do What? Teach a Studio Class to Seventy Students?, Journal for Education in the Built Environment, Vol. 6, Issue 2, December  pp. 26-53 (28)

Tippett, J., Handley, J. F. and Ravetz. J., 2007. Meeting challenges of sustainable development – A conceptual appraisal of a new methodology for participatory ecological planning. Progress in Planning. 67, 9-98.

Whitworth, A., Torras I Calvo, M., Moss, B., Kifle, N. A. & Blåsternes, T. (2014) ‘Changing Libraries: Facilitating Self-Reflection and Action Research on Organizational Change in Academic Libraries’ New Review of Academic Librarianship 20 pp.251–274


For UK registered postgraduate students £30 per day
For staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations £60 Per day
For all other Particpants £220 per day

Website and registration:


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Data Collection, Survey and Questionnaire Design, Visual Methods, Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination

Related publications and presentations:

Data Collection
Survey and Questionnaire Design
Visual Methods
Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis
Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination

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