How and When
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Participatory Action Research is - by it's nature - an organic process which emerges out of collaboration between a range of participants. In this sense, to set out a firm plan for this project at this point would be inappropriate.
On the other hand, we recognise that it's hard to sign-up to or support something if you have no idea what might be involved.
With this in mind, the below is a framework and timeline for this project, which we will regularly adapt, and transform as the process unfolds, depending on how certain stages and actions progress. One of our ongoing tasks as more people are coming on board, is to re-design this framework to fit our collective needs and interests.
*Where we're at:
Research is currently underway using some of the methods below, with more being suggested/devised, but it's not too late to get involved! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to link to ways of getting involved.
Research processes and methods we are using or intend to carry-out:
STAGE 1 [September 2016]
Initial gatherings took place to:
· meet those involved/interested in being involved
· provide the opportunity for questions/clarification
· establish living research questions and research plan
· establish levels of commitment and lines of communication and collaboration for ongoing process
STAGE 2 [October 2016... ongoing/underway]
Ongoing PAR process to:
· inquire into agreed questions both individually (as appropriate to context and capacity) and collaboratively*
This involves carrying out interviews/running group conversations/ using theatre/ mapping and observing practice/ reading literature/producing media...the list goes on. We want our research methods to reflect the critical and creative nature of critical education.
· take forward set tasks/actions relevant to the issues individually (as appropriate to capacity and context) and collaboratively* (eg. development of workshops / media production/ organising)
· Publish/share some of the insights/ideas coming out of the research on an ongoing basis
*Collaborative research and action is largely happening online to allow participation across Scotland, and will serve as opportunities to touch base and share findings with other researchers, define next steps, as well as jointly decide what we share/publish on our public site.
STAGE 3 [June 2017]
· feedback and share individual & collective learning so-far
· review the living research questions/themes and research plan
· initiate planning to deliver summer 'festival' of events/workshops + community conversations
· discuss any other actions which have been identified alongside the above