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Research for the people.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perspectives in health : the magazine of the Pan American Health Organization
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
27–30
Identifiers
PMID: 12346558
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Action Research
  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • Community Participation
  • Developing Countries
  • Environment
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Protection
  • Natural Resources
  • North America
  • Organization And Administration
  • Policy
  • Research Methodology
  • Trinidad And Tobago

Abstract

This paper focuses on the application of the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, a strategy that seeks to integrate local people as equal participants in the research process, in the environmental initiatives undertaken at Trinidad and Tobago. Although governments throughout the Americas subscribe to the principle of local participation in environmental protection efforts, such participation is often more in name than in actual practice. Local people are at best questioned informally on environmental problems and concerns, but were excluded from the actual research and planning process. However, problems were lessened during the development of the PAR approach. One of the common features of PAR projects is their preventive nature. Instead of focusing on stopgap measures, these projects address the root causes of the problems. Moreover, the PAR strategy is considered a widely accepted approach to health and social science research and the best method in understanding human behavior.

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