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Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice Course


Participatory action research is a way of engaging people living in poverty as agents of change. It is of particular importance to development practitioners today, as it can ensure their interventions are relevant, appropriate and inclusive. As such it is increasingly relevant for NGOs working in the global South or North, as they shift towards a more people-centered way of developing, delivering and assessing their projects and programmes of work.

This course is designed to provide participants with the conceptual and practical tools to design and carry out PAR in their own organizations and with their partners. It will also provide them with a practical understanding of how to achieve rigor using participatory methods.

This course will be interactive, participatory and applied. Prior to the course, participants will be asked to think of a critical question that they are dealing with in their work, or relating to their organization’s practice. Over the week participants and facilitators will explore this question, identify a PAR process appropriate for addressing their question, and learn how to manage this process. Participants will learn about a range of methods, and develop their ideas into a detailed plan that they will be able to put into action on returning to their organization.


5 Days


By the end of the training, all participants will have designed a PAR process to address a key issue relating to their organizational and/or their own professional practice. They will:

  • understand how to use appropriate PAR methods within this process
  • have considered the ethical, political and practical challenges
  • have clarity about further training and resources needed
  • Understand how the contribution of their PAR process can improve their own and their organizational practice.


This course is open to NGO practitioners, facilitators and change agents as well as donors developing evidence-based programmes.


Module 1:

  • Introduction to the theories and key approaches of PAR
  • Analysis of the key concepts (in particular, participation, complexity, change)
  • Introduction to ethics and care in PAR. We will relate these concepts to your own practice.

Module 2:

  • Share and discuss case studies of using action research in international development.
  • Examples will include: work on disability, citizenship, peace, slavery and bonded labor and the role of volunteers.

Module 3:

  • Participant’s presentation and discussion of their own question in small groups.
  • Training in action research design.
  • Participants will design their own inquiry process with the support of peers and facilitators.

Module 4:

  • Further training in managing the participatory research process including facilitation, recording, analysis, planning and monitoring.


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre Naivasha, Kenya. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 15th April 2018. 

Send proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 22-04-2019
Event End Date 26-04-2019
Cut off date 15-04-2019
Individual Price(rwanda franc) R₣ 552,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 877
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 999
Location Kigali,Rwanda
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Group Tariffs

Group Size Rwandese Rate Per Day( R₣) International Rate Per Day(USD/EURO)
3-5 588,800.00 $ 1,118.00
€ 1,018.00
6-10 894,400.00 $ 1,721.00
€ 1,567.00
11-15 1,376,800.00 $ 2,250.00
€ 2,048.00
16-20 1,800,000.00 $ 2,706.00
€ 2,463.00
21-25 2,164,800.00 $ 3,089.00
€ 2,811.00
26-30 2,471,200.00 $ 4,556.00
€ 0.00
30-50 3,644,800.00 $ 736.00
€ 670.00
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