A new Organizational Participatory Research Practice Guide co-produced by ICPHR member Paula L. Bush from Participatory Research at McGill (PRAM) is now available for download.
A new edition of Community-Based Participatory Research for Health is now out! This book is edited by ICPHR members Nina Wallerstein, John Oetzel and colleagues and includes contributions from other ICPHR members. The book is a widely-read textbook on CBPR. The new edition includes several new chapters. For more information, click here.
Special offer: 20% off when you use the code WAL20 at wiley.com until December 31st, 2017
Special Themed Issue: The Conceptualisation and Articulation of Impact: Hopes, Expectations and Challenges for the Participatory Paradigm
We are thrilled to announce the Special Themed Issue: The Conceptualisation and Articulation of Impact: Hopes, Expectations and Challenges for the Participatory Paradigm in Educational Action Research. Congratulations to ICPHR members Tina Cook and Brenda Roche who co-edited this special edition and to all ICPHR members who authored papers in this issue.
With permission from Ronald Labonte, we have posted the 'Handbook on Using Stories in Health Promotion Practice' By Ronald Labonte and Joan Feather under our Resources-Members Publications page.
If you have any resources you think would be helpful to Participatory Health Researcher, please get in touch via our 'Contact Us' page.
Mario Bach from the Robert Koch Institute (a national public health institute in Germany) would like to invite you to take part in a working group to be held on the 2017 ICPHR working meeting in Limerick. The group will focus on participatory research practices in health reporting and epidemiology.
Epidemiology and health reporting are contributing in many ways to identifying various risk factors for disease and to promoting population health. However, there is a continuing debate about the ability of epidemiology not only to describe, but also to provide results which can be better translated into public health practice. It has been proposed that applying participatory research approaches to epidemiology as a way to bridge this gap between description and action. Within the context of PartKommPlus-Research Consortium for Healthy Communities the conceptual framework Participatory Epidemiology was developed to address this gap (see link below).
Aim of the working group
An introduction into the concept will be provided and selected examples of participatory epidemiological practice will be presented. In the working group methodological and practical issues like defining the population, reconsidering context, or synthesizing heterogeneous data can be discussed concerning your own experiences. The working group aims to share ideas and experiences in participatory data acquisition and usage for health reporting and epidemiology. The group will be chaired by Mario Bach.
Mario Bach, Susanne Jordan, Claudia Santos-Hövener
The conceptual framework is available at: http://ete-online.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12982-017-0056-4
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ICPHR member Dr. Wendy Madsen from the School of Human, Health and Social Services at the Central Queensland University (Australia), has published the article “‘There and back again’: International Collaboration for Participatory Health Researchers’ journeys to evidence based practice and practice based evidence,” documenting the historical development of the ICPHR. The article can be found in the International Journal of Action Research, Volume 12, Issue 3 (2016), pp. 294-314. This new publication is listed on our members publication page.
Newsletter of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR)
Third Quarter, 2016
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In this Issue:
1 Annual Working Meeting 2016 a Success
The Seventh Annual Working Meeting was held in Malmö (Sweden) from August 25th to August 27th. A pre-conference took place in Göteborg on August 24th where work being conducted in Sweden was presented and international speakers addressed current issues in participatory health research. The minutes of the Annual Working Meeting will be posted soon on the website. Also, the list of projects will be updated. A special thanks to the ICPHR members Margareta Rämgård from Malmö University and Maria Magnusson from the University of Gothenburg and Angered Hospital for organizing and hosting the both meetings!
2 ICPHR Kids in Action Initiative
Children are an often overlooked group when it comes to participatory research projects. We have an exciting new opportunity for those who are interested in conducting Participatory Health Research (PHR) with children – the Kids in Action multi-country 3 year collaborative initiative. The initiative, officially launched at the Annual Working Meeting in Malmö, is being coordinated by Prof. Lisa Gibbs, Director of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program and Unit Head of the Evidence and Child Health Unit in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne (Australia). You can find out more about Kids in Action by going to the new page on our website where there is also information about registering.
3 *New* Publication Documenting the History of the ICPHR
ICPHR member Dr. Wendy Madsen from the School of Human, Health and Social Services at the Central Queensland University (Australia), has published the article “‘There and back again’: International Collaboration for Participatory Health Researchers’ journeys to evidence based practice and practice based evidence,” documenting the historical development of the ICPHR. The article can be found in the International Journal of Action Research, Volume 12, Issue 3 (2016), pp. 294-314.
4 Save the Date! Annual Working Meeting 2017 in Ireland
The Annual Working Meeting 2017 will not take place in Galway (Ireland) as previously announced, but rather in Limerick, from 25-27 May 2017. A pre-conference will take place earlier that week in Galway to which all ICPHR will be invited. We will keep you posted through the newsletter and on our website as the details become available.
5 Add us to Your Website
Adding a link to the ICPHR website is an important way you can contribute to spreading the word about our work!
6 Getting Involved
The best way to get involved in the work of the ICPHR is through the Project Groups and Focus Areas. Contact the coordinators of the projects which meet your interests. Members are also welcome to set up new projects. This can be done by submitting an idea to the Central Office. Or maybe you represent an organization and are looking to cooperate with the ICPHR. Just send an email to the Central Office with a description of your work and we will contact you. Our list of current projects can be found here. The Focus Areas are described here.
We have updated our ICPHR Resources section with a new Quality Criteria For Participatory Health Research paper in German. Visit our ICPHR Resources page to view this new update.
Research for All: Call for papers
Research For All: Universities and Society is a new journal and we are very keen to welcome your contributions to it. The journal is for anyone, working inside or outside universities, who is committed to seeing research make a difference in society.
Engagement with research goes further than participation in it. Engaged individuals and communities initiate, advise, challenge or collaborate with researchers. Their involvement is always active and they have a crucial influence on the conduct of the research – on its design or methods, products, dissemination or use. Research For All focuses on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together.
Contributors and readers are from both inside and outside of higher education. They include researchers, policymakers, managers, practitioners, community-based organizations, schools, businesses and the intermediaries who bring these people together. The journal aims to raise the quality of engaged research by stimulating discussion about the effectiveness of engagement with researchers, research outcomes and processes.
We are currently looking for articles that describe, explain and analyse engaged research. Articles may include words, images, audio and video. Submissions should fall into the following broad categories. We are particularly keen to receive co-authored contributions. We are looking for a range of types of contribution including:
To be considered for this first edition please send expressions of interest, outlines, abstracts or draft contributions to the journal’s managing editor, Pat Gordon-Smith (email@example.com) by 10th December 2015.
This open-access, peer-reviewed journal is sponsored by the UCL Institute of Education and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. This joint venture models the principles of public engagement in research through its editorial advisory board and associate editors who are drawn from within and beyond higher education. It is published by IOE Press.
To find out more, and view a film explaining more about the journal, please visit the NCCPE website
Call for papers for special edition of the International Educational Action Research Journal - New deadline!
Call for papers for special edition of the International Educational Action Research Journal
The conceptualisation and articulation of impact: hopes, expectations and challenges for the participatory paradigm.
Editors: Tina Cook (Northumbria University and Liverpool Hope University UK) and Guest Editor Brenda Roche (Wellesley Institute, Toronto, Canada)
This special issue aims to explore notions of impact in relation to the principles and practices of different traditions in action research in health and wellbeing. Such approaches include Participatory Action Research, Community Based Participatory Research, Design Based Methodology and other forms of research that have participatory endeavor at their core.
The co-construction of knowledge through action research advances a body of community research that is aligned with the needs and interests of community members, grounded both in established methods and new and innovative approaches to data generation in social research. It is often posited that this approach promotes research that is more action-oriented, and potentially impactful. These ideas coincide well with emerging calls by governments, funders and research councils that applied research will (or should) go beyond being predominantly a tool for knowledge collection and for it to be more directly connected to a change process; to make a difference to communities; to have an impact.
Given this emerging focus on impact it would seem, as Pat Thomson says in a forthcoming editorial of EARJ, “Action researchers might be forgiven for thinking that, in this context, their moment in the sun had finally arrived” (Thomson 2015). The call for research that can also demonstrate the difference it has made to practice, is however, accompanied by the continued elevation of a dominant framework that preferences certain ways of capturing and documenting that difference. In particular, ways of conceptualising impact that favour measurement and normative practices have come to form an accepted/expected standard. There are, however, broader definitions of impact that move on from a reductionist framework towards a more comprehensive and inclusive approach for capturing both the intended (and unintended) consequences of research. These broader definitions are more able to reflect the core values for, and nature of, participatory action research, situating the discussion within the values and principles of the approach and recognising the different forms of impact such approaches foster. Research that has participatory practices at its centre is likely to have different types of impact from research that starts from a position of distanced objectivity but there is considerable argument over whether these are always readily recognised, articulated and accepted as ways of demonstrating change in the wider academic sphere (Cargo & Mercer; 2008; Jagosh et al: 2012).
For this Special Issue of EARJ we are looking for contributions (methodological, theoretical and examples from practice) from those whose participatory approach to action research has involved them in wrestling with the challenges of evidencing impact; the challenges that arise when working within a core set of values that sit outside the predominant positivist research paradigm. As Thomson (2015) suggest, the impact agenda can provide us with an opportunity to argue for a different understanding of change/impact and to place this more securely it the wider arena.
We particularly value contributions from non academic partners working with academic partners in participatory research and contributions from geographical areas that are generally under-represented in this journal.
Abstracts of 500 words to be submitted by 31st October 2015
Invitations will be sent to selected authors by 30th November, requesting full manuscript to be submitted no later than 1st April 2016
Cargo M and Mercer, S (2008) The Value and Challenges of Participatory Research: Strengthening Its Practice. Annual Review of Public Health 29 (24) 1-26.
Jagosh J, Macaulay AC, Pluye P, Salsberg J, Bush PL, Henderson J, Sirett E, Wong G, Cargo M, Herbert CP, Seifer SD Green LW and Greenhalgh T. (2012) Uncovering the Benefits of Participatory Research: Implications of a Realist Review for Health Research and Practice. Milbank Quarterly; 90(2): 311-346.
Thomson P (2015) Action research with/against impact . Educational Action Research 23(3) (forthcoming)