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International Perspectives in Participatory Research

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open


Today, in an increasingly post-industrial world, information and knowledge are two key resources of development. Ownership and control of information technologies and communication have led to the growth of knowledge elites who represent and institutionalize them.

This has led to the delegitimization of popular knowledge and the subordination of common people. Participatory research explores the concept of conducting research with and for people. Participatory research examines and understands the challenges of poverty, inequality, and exclusion from the vantage point of the marginalised.

Collation of local community knowledge would not only increase understanding of the complex interactions among economic, social, political and behavioral factors that contribute to disparities but also inform the design of interventions aimed at reducing these disparities.

Participatory research can also be used as a tool to empower the marginalised, by giving them ownership and control over their knowledge, as a means to improve their life situations. This certificate course is designed to acquaint learners with participatory research perspectives, which link research to issues and methods of social change. It helps unravel nuances of the term participation through the study of participatory research (PR).


  • This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international levels, offered in a distance education mode.
  • This course has been enriched with the practical insights and experiences of more than three decades of PRIA's pioneering efforts on the theme of people's participation leading to social change and transformation.
  • The course material is designed and developed to meet the special requirements of distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
  • Moodle, the preferred web-based platform of educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
  • Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
  • PRIA and UVic jointly award certificate for this course.


The programme is designed for working professionals, including development professionals/NGO staff responsible for research. Individuals and practitioners in the field of Monitoring and Auditing will also gain value from attending this course. This course is also relevant for students and faculty from universities/colleges studying/teaching participatory methods of research, monitoring and evaluation.


Completion of this programme will provide the learners with conceptual clarity on participatory research illustrated with case studies and examples from across the world. The learner will be enabled to design and conduct participatory research projects in their own communities and projects.


This course aims to stimulate learners' interest in participatory research and to provide them with the basic background information and tools to build upon their knowledge.


  • 6 units of study
  • Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
  • 2–3 videos for the course
  • Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
  • Additional readings per unit


Unit 1: Understanding Social Research

  • Meaning of Research
  • Dominant Social Research Paradigms
  • Issues in Knowledge Production and Knowledge Utilization Underlying Social Research Paradigms
  • Critique of the Dominant Social Research Paradigms

Unit 2: Development of Participatory Research

  • Action Research
  • The Participatory Research Network
  • Feminist and Anti - Racist Movements

Unit 3: Participatory Research: An Alternative System of Knowledge Production

  • Search for an Alternative Knowledge Paradigm
  • Knowledge as Power
  • Participatory Research: Characteristics, Process and Outcomes
  • Social Science Research and Participatory Research Paradigms: Differences
  • Participatory Research in Occupational Health and Safety: Analysing the Core Concepts

Unit 4: Participatory Research Methods of Generating Knowledge

  • What are Participatory Methods?
  • Streams of Participatory Methods: An Overview
  • The Underlying Principles
  • Diverse Participatory Methods
  • Advantages and Challenges

Unit 5: Participatory Methods of Analyzing, Disseminating and Utilizing Knowledge

  • Participatory Methods of Analysing
  • Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Utilising Research to Affect Change: Case Study Analysis

Unit 6: Participatory Research Tools in Development Practice

  • Participatory Enumeration
  • Participatory Town Planning
  • Popular Theatre
  • Participatory Video

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Appreciation Programmes
  Adult Education and Social Change
  Monitoring of Adult Education Programme
  Participatory Enumeration and Mapping
  Participatory Integrated District Planning
  Participatory Social Audit: A Tool for Social Accountability
  Participatory Urban Planning: Making Cities Inclusive of Urban Poor
  Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
  Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership
Certificate Programmes
  International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  Civil Society Building
  International Perspectives in Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability
  International Perspectives in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
  International Perspectives in Participatory Research
  NGO Management Foundation Course
  Occupational Health and Safety: Legal and Operational Guide
  Understanding Gender in Society: Concepts and Trends
  Participatory Training Methodology
Training Capsule
  Understanding the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

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