Community-Engaged Research Methods Forum - Dr. Sandra Quiñones & Dr. Rick Zoucha

  • 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Power Center Ballroom C

Participatory Action Research
Presenters: Dr. Sandra Quiñones, Education & Dr. Rick Zoucha, Nursing

Participatory Action Research (PAR): What, Why, How, and Lessons Learned from the Field.

Description of Session:

Participatory Action Research (PAR) involves forming research partnerships with stakeholders to develop and execute a research project based on a particular community-identified problem or issue. PAR, as a methodology, values collaboration, power sharing, and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, lay, experiential). PAR projects directly involve participants whose lives are most impacted by the problem at hand-in a strategic effort to promote community change and action. Thus, it requires trust, time, and flexibility. In this workshop, we will cover the "basics" about what PAR methodology is, why it is important, and how the research process may be approached. More importantly, we will devote some time for lessons learned from current faculty with experience in PAR. This session is open to graduate students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders that want to explore PAR as a community-based participatory research design.