Antigonish, NS, Canada - Coady International Institute – knowledge and skills for social change : Action Research for Citizen-led Change

June 14 – July 30, 2021

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

Facilitator: Veronica Torres

Online delivery

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The process of undertaking research is designed to build knowledge. In almost all types, citizens should be consulted and invited to participate, and they should find some the process and results useful. But whose knowledge is built in the process, how are they acknowledged, and how is the knowledge shared? Who is involved in the analysis of the data? Who retains ownership of the knowledge, who is using it, and who is affected by it?

This course covers the fundamentals of action research for citizen-led change. This course will accompany you in identifying and undertaking research that engages citizens more fully from the outset in a spirit of co-learning. Focused at the community level, we will be examining research designs that incorporate an intersectional and gendered approach, and that build knowledge among local citizens so that they have the power and confidence to effect change, alongside allies and partners. As part of this course, you will develop a community action research initiative step-by-step over seven weeks, learning about the principles and methods appropriate for different action research purposes.