Participatory research attempts to negotiate a balance between developing valid generalisable knowledge and benefiting the community that is being researched and to improve research protocols by incorporating the knowledge and expertise of community members. For many types of research in specific communities, these goals can best be met by the community and researcher collaborating in the research as equals.
- The knowledge, expertise, and resources of the involved community are often key to successful research
- Three primary features of participatory research include collaboration, mutual education, and acting on results developed from research questions that are relevant to the community
- Participatory research is based on a mutually respectful partnership between researchers and communities
- Partnerships are strengthened by joint development of research agreements for the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of results
- Results of participatory research both have local applicability and are transferable to other communities