Participatory Research Method - What do You Think?

We placed a text by Hisayo on participatory research method on the side bulk (it's also placed here in the blogging below). What do you think? Can it really work? What do you think are the shortcomings of the method? Please share your thoughts on this :)



"Research has been owned by the researchers. Thus researchers have been much more powerful than the researched people in many cases. In Disability Studies, it has been argued that this research context had contributed to reinforce the discrimination against disabled people in society. We would like to question this predominant research context by employing participatory research method in our study.

Participatory Research Method aims at participation of the researched people to the research process, thereby filling some of the power gaps between the researchers and the researched people. In this method, therefore, the researched people are active research participants rather than passive object of the research. The research process includes identifying the research questions, planning and designing the research, collecting data, analysing and interpreting the data and sharing the results. When the research participants can share their inputs based on their own experiences, the research can create relevant knowledge for them. The participation, however, is not compulsory. The research participants can make the decision on when and how to participate and not to participate in the research. The ultimate goal of this research method in our study is that the research outcomes will contribute to the sustainable, positive change towards the equality of disabled people.

However, we cannot give a false expectation to our research. We have to be clear about our research outcomes that we cannot promise a dramatic change because the research is only part of the society and because any single research of this kind cannot make such a significant change within the limited resources. Having stated that, we would like to make our modest contribution to the disability movement to fight against discrimination from an academic side."


Please, Share Your Thoughts !

Let's begin our joint prcess of blogging by considering the role of disability research.

What do you think, is it important that we have spesific disability research, or would it be better to go purely main-stream. Do you think that disability-spesific research really has impact on the daily lives of disabled people? Do you have experiences in participating a research on disability?

We acknowledge the inaccessibility of this form of space particularly for
Ugandan disabled people without necessary preconditions such as internet
access, literacy and transportation. This is already a challenge for us in
our "participatory" research method.

Please, our Ugandan and Finnish (also others:) friends, tell us what you think!