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Watch again: Digital technologies in participatory research

The migration to digital participatory research methods has been dramatically accelerated by the pandemic as research methods have migrated online. The global pandemic has forced many of us to take seriously both the potentials and pitfalls of mobile, online, and digital tools in participatory research. Until 2020 participatory research literature has justifiably focused primarily on the face-to-face practices of participation.

This webinar focuses on the chapter taken from the newly published SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry and makes the case for a parallel focus on the digital technologies of participation which have been under analysed.

 

Watch again: Participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning

In the context of today’s uncertainty and global crises – such as the Covid 19 pandemic – debates about how evaluation serves decision making, what evidence matters and how it informs policy are ‘fundamental issues’ of our times. Long standing debates about whose voices count when generating evidence, and how equity in outcomes might be understood and achieved are taking centre stage again. This event is organised as part of Participation Research week and co-hosted with the Centre for Development Impact (CDI).

Watch again: Global launch event of the Handbook of PR&I

In case you missed it, join the editors of the first ever SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry that provides the most comprehensive source of contemporary, cutting-edge approaches to participatory research methods and design, as well as the foundations of participatory research and critical practice issues. Including 71 chapters by 150 authors from a wide variety of disciplines the handbook covers the tools for inclusive, action-orientated research for social change and new ways for researchers and social activists globally to engage the most marginalised.

This was the first event in our Participation Research Week series of events from running from 20 to 24 September.

Chair

Peter Taylor, Director of Research, IDS

Participation Research week: Register to attend

Join the editors and authors of the new SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry in a series of Participation Research week events running from Monday 20 to Friday 24 September. The events explore why participatory methods are needed, who they benefit and the real-world contexts they can apply to.

The first ever SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry provides the most comprehensive source of contemporary, cutting-edge approaches to participatory research methods and design, as well as the foundations of participatory research and critical practise issues. Including 72 chapters by 150 authors from a wide variety of disciplines, it covers the tools for inclusive, action-orientated research for social change and new ways for researchers and social activists globally to engage the most marginalised.

Register for our launch event: Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry

From climate change to extreme poverty or social exclusion, participatory processes are vital to help better understand complex challenges, build solidarity and effect change.

Join the editors of the new SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry to explore further why participatory methods are needed, who they benefit and the real-world contexts they can apply to.  It is the first in our Participation Research Week series of events from 20 – 24 September.

Register to attend on Zoom

Rajesh Tandon, PRIA founder, endorses handbook

"This new collection of articles on participatory research from new generation of researcher-activists is heartily welcome. With a wide variety of epistemological and contextual locations, the collection will inspire continued creativity and plurality in the elaboration of participatory research. Hopefully, the transformational potential of participatory research will begin to contribute to post-pandemic, resilient and fairer reconstruction of societies around the world."

Rajesh Tandon, Founder and President of PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) and Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education comments on the forthcoming Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry.

 
 

UNRISD director Paul Ladd endorses handbook

"Participatory research has become a cornerstone of co-designing respectful and effective cooperation initiatives in the last twenty years. This comprehensive Handbook offers an invaluable compilation and review of how this can be approached in a multi-disciplinary way in different settings, and should be an essential and well-thumbed reference guide for students and practitioners alike."

Paul Ladd, Director, United Nations Research Institute of Social Development commented on the forthcoming Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry.

 
 

Andrea Cornwall endorses handbook

“This rich, inspiring collection is testament to the extraordinary creativity of those who have brought about a veritable revolution in research through participatory methodologies and approaches. Drawn from across the globe, contributors attest to the power of participatory research and inquiry its enduring value as a catalyst for change.”

Professor Andrea Cornwall, Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise) at SOAS University of London commented on the forthcoming Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry.

 
 

Yoland Wadsworth endorses handbook

"This Handbook makes a state of the art contribution to this popular field grounded in 50 years of in-depth experience and spanning to some of its newest insightful practitioners. A landmark achievement."

Yoland Wadsworth, author of Do It Yourself Social Research, former President of the international Action Learning Action Research & Process Management Association, commented on the forthcoming the Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry.

 
 

Amplifying sanitation and hygiene practitioner voices - get involved!

Dear friends and colleagues,

What is the reality of accessing sanitation and hygiene in tough physical environments?

We are looking for local practitioners to share their stories through a series of blogs or short recordings.

Our first theme is ‘tough physical environments’. We are interested in experiences and learning beyond technology focussed interventions, involving people in areas with difficult terrains, facing environmental hazards, or are located very remotely. For more information, read our Challenging Contexts Learning Brief.

We want to amplify the voices and perspectives of practitioners workingwithin countries at local and regional level through short written or video outputs which we will work on with you.

Practitioners could be:

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