Participatory action research


When thinking of conducting research, perhaps the image comes to mind of a very time-consuming and extensive job. Participatory action research is different. It is research that is carried out with members of the community. There is room to experiment and test outcomes. This means you are constantly moving and improving as part of the research.


You may want to choose participatory action research, because it is a collaborative and democratic process, leads to practical solutions, includes all stakeholders and improves the credibility of your work.

What you can expect

In eight steps, we will guide you towards developing your own participatory action research.

What you get

You will learn the meaning of participatory action research, the advantages, making a planning and how to collect your data. 

Know how:

  • the meaning and advantages of participatory action research
  • planning your participatory action research
  • collecting your data
  • a video on how participatory action research was used to address maternal health issues in Tanzania
  • a video on how participatory action research is used to improve community health issues in Nicaragua
  • a worksheet to develop a participatory stakeholder list

With many thanks to Sheela Daskara (TiME), Tsuma Baruwa (KCDF) and Manju Manon (Smile Foundation) for their invaluable input.

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