Presentation on theme: "PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH Challenges of Implementation."— Presentation transcript:
PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH Challenges of Implementation
The Ideal Scenario Communities and community members engaged in the research as active agents (design, implementation and communication of outcomes) Learning continues to inform community reflection and action (and that of other communities) Learning continues to inform the research process
The Challenges Research project has no grassroots base or ownership The communities investigated are in crisis. Action research would be a luxury Partner time, resources and ability to commit (OAU restructuring)
What We Did Collaboration between academics and practitioners Use of participatory research methodology drawn from PAR tools Feedback and validation with participating communities
The Way Forward Focusing on using the learning from the research to inform the work of Oxfam and its affiliates Opportunities to disseminate findings to Oxfam and extended NGO community (national and local) Opportunities to feed into strategizing around the water governance programme and downward accountability to the affected communities Through this, opportunities for follow up and support community action Opportunities to feed into other Oxfam initiatives such as the Active Citizenship and Accountability hub
Remaining Challenges Complexity of research can make it difficult to pin point findings that can be used for learning and application Partners in the research need to plan and budget for activities and, ensure they have the available time, money, human and material resources to implement initiatives. Need to keep abreast of rapidly changing situation and ensure action research contributes to, rather than hampers, the need for immediate action.
Lessons Learned The ambition for Participatory Action Research has to be matched with the reality of the research context Involvement of “research subjects” requires their ownership over the process from the beginning Timing, resources, length of commitment are important considerations Rapidly changing political and policy context may prove contrary to the slower cycle of learning and action Research and development partners need to develop strong-two way information sharing Some participation and applied learning are better than none!