This book explores research as a collaborative process: researching with and for people, rather than on people. In particular, it addresses the central question: "What is the nature of participation, and how can participative relationships and processes be established and sustained in human enquiry?"
Participatory action research approaches have been developed and applied in four main areas: 1) participatory research in community development, 2) action research in organisations, 3) action research in schools, and 4) farmer participatory research. This book gives details of how, where and for what purpose PAR approaches have been used and discusses the role of the researcher and potential for social change of each participatory action research approach.
Participatory policy analysis questions conventional policy-making procedures, challenges the behaviour and attitudes of policy makers and influences the style and substance of policy itself. This book examines the implications and issues of participatory policy-focused research through case studies and discussions. One section concentrates specifically on participatory poverty assessments as a means of bringing local poverty and policy analysis into the policy process.