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Title: Scaling up the international impact of action research : SAS phase 3; final technical report
Authors: Chevalier, Jacques M.
Buckles, Daniel J.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, CA
Abstract: The project was the third and final phase of funding from IDRC to Carleton University in support of participatory action research in the field of international development. While Phases I and II of the SAS2 initiative generated a “proof of concept” for a new approach to participatory action research, the current phase focused on publishing and dissemination through trained instructors. It sought to make a strategic contribution by publishing for a university audience new and innovative tools, software, theoretical insights and case studies, and by building capacities in developing countries to teach and practice participatory action research. The basic rationale underlying the project strategy was that scholarly research, advanced teaching materials and trained instructors were needed to bridge the gap between university teaching and the actual practice of participatory action research. Researchers who are sympathetic to participatory methods and philosophy often lack theoretically informed, fully participatory and flexible tools, examples and skills to inquire into complex settings involving multiple stakeholders and knowledge systems. The final phase contributed to scaling up the international impact of participatory action research by bringing international credibility and profile, scientific rigor and conceptual clarity to better connect the academic world and development research. Project outputs include several scholarly publications and numerous capacity building activities reaching more than 1,000 researchers, and firmly established SAS2 teaching and training resources in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Honduras and Canada. In addition, SAS2 tools and methods were introduced in a meaningful way to research and development communities in Bhutan, France, West Africa and North Africa. Importantly, the scholarly publications emerging from the project are poised to set a new standard for action research and teaching in the Canadian and International university environments. As such, they represent a significant effort to address central issues in the creation and mobilization of knowledge for development and research theory and methods in the social sciences.
Project Number: 105148
Project Title: Scaling Up the International Impact of Action Research : Social Analysis Systems (SAS2) - Phase III
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