PAR Resources - Briefcase

Resources for Conducting Participatory Research

We welcome PAR newcomers and encourage you to take advantage of these resources and to contact members of the Participatory Network or epi's Participatory Strategies Group [link] with your questions.

Participatory Strategies Group (PSG) offers training [link] to support the use of PAR in public planning.  By partnering, we hope to quickly grow the number of individuals integrating PAR strategies in their public participation, collaborative ecosystem managment or conflict resolution efforts.

PSG plans to provide an online inventory of best practice supported by links to the resources presented through this collaborative site. Online, collaborative projects include:

  • PAR Links and Literature List
  • PAR Tool Descriptions
  • Protocols in Qualitative Research
  • Principles of Best Practice in Participatory Research
  • PAR Case Studies
  • Indicators of Community Well-Being and Ecosystem Stewardship
  • Hiking with Darwin – a blog on scientific consensus 

We encourage members of the PARnetwork[link]to join us in offering an exhaustive library for practitioners of PAR.  A networked effort will ensure optimal conditions for the use of PAR to improve public decision making.

Note: The Institute employs the terms PAR, participatory research and participatory action research interchangeably to refer to a common set of field practices.


epi's web icons are images of 19th century scientific instruments and cultural resources.  Our icons are meant to evoke the observational strategies of Charles Darwin and other scientists including biologists, naturalists, anthropologists and even physicists. These set the stage for epi's blog: Hiking with Darwin.