Systems Science Friday Noon Seminar Series



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Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a general collaborative approach to inquiry that includes research "subjects" as members of the research team. Useful in any setting involving groups of people, PAR has revolutionized research with minority communities. Some "flavors" of PAR, such as Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) have been developed to address issues of power and privilege, to change dynamics between science, society, and minorities, and to enable and encourage systems change. This talk discusses the theory and practice of PAR as a research approach, drawing from real world examples in health sciences research with minority communities defined by disability or race.

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Dora Raymaker, MS, co-directs the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE,, a community-campus partnership based at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Her research interests include complex systems, social dynamics, and the impact of community-campus partnerships on science and public policy.


Medical sciences -- Research -- Participant observation, Community-based participatory research -- Case studies, Minorities in science, Science -- Social aspects


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Participatory Action Research: Science and Social Change