Welcome at our PAR Methodology page! Here we showcase commonly used methods in Participatory Action Research. There is no fixed set of methods, combinations can be made and the methods can be adapted to the local circumstances; the possibilities are endless. Per method you will find where it is used for, how and when you can apply the method and more. This page is constantly under development, as we add more and methods over time. Please note that most of these methods can be adapted to digital methods. At SevenSenses we have digital formats to use upon request, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mandarijnenmethode Moerwijk, PAO Gezond Moerwijk en Laak

The Tangerine-method

The Tangerine-method is a method you will not find in the books. The method was created by SevenSenses Participatory Action Researcher Wilma van der Vlegel

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A creative method to explore people’s perspectives using pictures.   PhotoVoice and Photo Elicitation are popular methods in which you use pictures as a tool

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Seasonal diagram, ecological sanitation Bolivia

Seasonal Diagrams

Seasonal diagrams are excellent to use when you want to assess phenomena over time. In Participatory Action Research this can be useful to explore e.g.

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Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach to inquiry based on positive psychology, which aims to shift away from problem-oriented approaches towards a strength based approach:

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Project Werken 3.0 Ons Kantoor Ontmoeten - Inrichten domeinen Road to Progress

Road to Progress

The Road to Progress method helps groups to determine together with participants what steps (Road) must be taken to achieve a desired situation (Progress), and

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Focus Groups

Like with interviews, I could write a book about focus groups since there is so much so say about it. Like in my video lecture I

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The Plant method

The Plant method is a way of allowing participants in focus groups to build on each other’s ideas in a constructive way. The aim of

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