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Participative Action Research

Posted by Bestprac on Jan 17 2012

Participative Action Research, or PAR as it is known, is a process by which producers have significant inputs into defining research needs, designing and executing the trial projects. While common in “inside country”, it is not as common in the Rangelands.

Introduction

Managers of pastoral properties operate in an ever changing environment in which there are any number of emerging issues and opportunities.

Participative Action Research, or PAR as it is known, is a process by which producers have significant inputs into defining research needs, designing and executing the trial projects. While common in “inside country”, it is not as common in the Rangelands.

The purpose of this manual is to assist facilitators and those who work with pastoral producers to design a Participative Action Research project that is appropriate to producer needs, achievable in pastoral conditions and that uses processes that are backed by “science” and hence produce robust and accurate results.

 

What is participative action research?

Participatory Action Research (PAR) is an approach ‘that involves clients who are usually not trained researchers, in actively undertaking and making decisions about how to conduct research and use its results, together with scientists’ (Ashby and Linlja 2006).

PAR is a process whereby producers are actively involved in diagnosing a problem or issue, planning actions or a methodology of trialling methods to overcome the problem, undertaking the process and evaluating the actions to determine if the outcomes are desirable and meet business needs.

PAR has been recognised by many social and scientific researchers as a successful method of on-ground delivery of science and techniques that cause a change and effect from current management practices.

Other common terms for PAR are action learning, learning by doing, farming systems research, on farm research or participatory on farm research. Although the names differ processes used are similar and outcomes are the same.

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