Participatory Action Research for the Development of a National Avian Communication Strategy: A Field Guide


Participatory action research (PAR) is a type of qualitative research that allows the researchers and community members to work together to improve some aspect of community life or solve an area of local concern. Action research involves repeatedly and systematically planning an activity, conducting the activity, observing the activity, evaluating the activity, and critically reflecting on the activity.

The purpose of this guide is to teach the user how to design and implement a “rapid” PAR – lasting about one month at the onset of a disease outbreak or other event for which a rapid response is required. The primary outcome of the PAR is to inform a national communication strategy. The PAR team should always have this in mind in the design, implementation and analysis of the information generated during the PAR.