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Engaged Research

Participatory Action Research entails

  • active collaboration with the community,
  • democratization of knowledge such that both community and academic partners acknowledge each other's different ways of knowing and different types of knowledge and
  • actions based on the research promote can lead to positive social change. (Strand et al., 2003)

For further information, see Strand, K. Et al. (2003) Community-based Research and Higher Education Principles and Practices. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons. In particular see Chapter 4 on Methodological Principles of Community Based Research.

Below are some examples of engaged research in Trinity. If you would like to share details of your participatory action research, please contact the Civic Engagement Officer.

Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre ( SPARC)

One recent example of this type of research in Trinity was "Service needs and access to services among older community-dwelling people: a participatory research project" within the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre. The project used participatory and inclusive research methods in order to maximise the older residents' involvement in all stages of the work. The Project PI was Martha Doyle and the co-investigator Virpi Timonen. The research report was published by the HSE and Northside Partnership in February 2008. Further information is available on the SPARC website.

See also Doyle, M. & Timonen, V. (2010). 'Lessons From a Community-Based Participatory Research Project: Older People's and Researchers' Reflections'. Research on Ageing. 32 p. 244.

National Institute for Intellectual Diability

The research agenda of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability also promotes an participatory approach, in which

  • The research problem is one that is owned by people with intellectual disabilities,
  • The research activity furthers the interests of people with intellectual disabilities,
  • The research process is collaborative,
  • People with intellectual disabilities exert some control over process and outcomes and
  • The research question, process and reports must be accessible to people with intellectual disabilities. (Walmsley & Johnson, 2004)

Further information is available on the NIID website.


Last updated 27 March 2014 Civic Engagement (Email).