A Framework for entry: PAR values and engagement strategies in community research
The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the significance of entry in community-based research projects and to present a framework for entry that is influenced by principles of participatory action research (PAR): empowerment, supportive relationships, social justice, ongoing reciprocal education, and respect for diversity. This study examines the four entry stages of a mental health CBPR project in Ontario Canada, and analyzes the ways these principles were successfully applied and also how they were difficult to implement. Considering the entry process as critical in setting the tone for the project/partnership, the paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of combining PAR principles and engagement strategies in the initial stages of entry in order to develop reciprocal and honest relationships between the researchers and the community members.
Ochocka, J., Moolag, E. & Janzen, R. (2010). A Framework for entry: PAR values and engagement strategies in community research. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 3, 1-19.
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