Empower people worldwide to tackle complex issues together
Co-create sustainable impact with Participatory Action Research
Boost Participatory Action Research worldwide
Enable people to become changemakers in their own lives

SevenSenses’ aim is to empower people worldwide to tackle complex issues together and co-create the world they want to live in. SevenSenses’ work -conducting Participatory Action Research worldwide- is focused on facilitating local people and involved stakeholders in co-discovering and developing sustainable solutions to tackle complex issues, using local talent, manpower, materials and abundance. As such, entire communities work together on co-designed, cost-efficient solutions and innovations which truly fit their context and needs!

Healthy Cooking Challenge, Uganda 2015

What is PAR?

Participatory Action Research is an approach that bridges research and practice through combining the best of both. PAR allows people to together tackle complex problems in their daily (work) life and move towards their ideal world. PAR processes empower communities of all layers of society, leading to unexpected, yet extraordinary effective results.

The PAR Practitioners Program Summer 2023 now open for subscription!

On the 5th of June, 2023, our brandnew edition of our PAR Practitioners Program starts and we are looking forward to it! Do you want to learn PAR skills and put it directly into practice? Come join us! Some fast facts: 

Duration: 5 weeks and (optional) internship of 13 weeks
Training days: every Monday evening and Thursdays
Location: Utrecht University

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PAR Practitioners Programma 2019
"No research without action and no action without research"
Kurt Lewin
10 years SevenSenses

My goodness… SevenSenses is already 10 years old! I can’t escape the tendency to let some reflections run through my head. Then images pop up of the start of SevenSenses in 2013, with that man at the Chamber of Commerce who looked at me with a raised eyebrow while I stutteringly explained what Participatory Action Research is. And a father who made a kind of primal sound with wide eyes when I announced the existence of SevenSenses: “Whoaaaaah! Would that be a good idea in these times of economic crisis?!”


Still, it felt good, even though I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into with my well-meaning one-man business. 

Could I have known that 10 years later we would be working with an enormous network of Participatory Action Researchers and other passionate people?!

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PAR projects

Through Participatory Action Research, SevenSenses accelerates the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Each PAR project indicates to which SDG(s) it contributes.

Focusgroep thema De Fijne Buurt

MeerZicht in Actie

Een Participatief Actieonderzoek met elementen van Positieve Gezondheid om in de wijk Meerzicht de preventieve gezondheid te versterken. Hieronder een impressie van het InitiatievenFestival, dat

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Mandarijnenmethode Moerwijk, PAO Gezond Moerwijk en Laak

Gezond Moerwijk en Laak

Een Participatief Actieonderzoek om de systeemwereld en de leefwereld te verbinden, zodat bewoners, verbinders en professionals samen een gezondere wijk kunnen creëren.  

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Let's join forces!

Are you facing a complex issue in your community, involving multiple stakeholders? Hire us for a Participatory Action Research!

Or do you prefer to become a Participatory Action Researcher yourself? Join one of our trainings or book us for an in-company training!

PAO boek 2e druk

Get our book

Want to know more? Read the book ‘Participatory Action Research – Working together for a better world‘ (2nd edition), written by Madelon Eelderink, founder of SevenSenses (in Dutch).