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The PAR Initiative – Transnational Trainings in Participatory Action Research

Goal: We develop, implement and evaluate interactive and engaged training courses in participatory research methods and collaborative action research for students, academics and practitioners from around the world, in close collaboration with local social partners.

Our first activity, the "International Action Research Summer Camp 2021" took place in late August in Innsbruck, Austria and was funded by the Fulbright Commission.

The PAR Initiative – Transnational Trainings in Participatory Action Research is co-directed by Dr. Corey Dolgon (USA) and Dr. Eberhard Raithelhuber (Austria)

Date: 1 August 2020

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This week-long course in Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps offers unique transnational training for advanced students, researchers and practitioners who are interested in developing their knowledge of, and skills in, Participatory Action Research. www.suttneruni.at/camp .
Short course / summer school: micro-credential with Certificate of Attendance (6 ECTS points); workload: 150h, fee: € 275,-, application deadline: December 1, 2022.
We invite people who have different levels of experience in participatory processes and community work or who hope to conduct and apply community-based research (CBR) and organization in their work. Camp members are based across different countries in Europe and beyond.
Get to know the co-leaders of the course, Dr. Corey Dolgon (USA) and Dr. Eberhard Raithelhuber (Austria) personally during the Virtual Information Session on Wed., Nov. 7, 2022, 6-7pm UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
 
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Do you work at a Higher Education Institution in Europe? Would you like to join a new Partnership for Transnational Training in Participatory Action Research? Then please get in touch with us! We invite expressions of interest from HEIs that are eligible for the ERASMUS+ program.
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Who are we? Three years ago, with support from the Fulbright Specialist Program, we designed and implemented an international “Action Research Summer Camp.” The project is a one-week intensive course in Austria for 20 to 25 students, researchers and practitioners from around the world, preceded by a virtual phase. Our evaluations prove that it has a high impact on capacity development in Participatory Action Research. The training (6 ECTS points), with English as a working language, is co-organized with the Waldhüttl community in Innsbruck (www.waldhuettl.at)
What are our plans? Our major challenge is to find a sustainable way to continue offering the Camp on an annual basis. We want to continue our successful cooperation with our local social partner “Waldhüttl,” a progressive grassroots project for transnationally mobile Roma from Eastern Europe, but also invite new international collaboration. We believe that becoming a Blended Intensive Program (BIP) under the auspices of an Erasmus+ partnership could guarantee the necessary resources and students for years to come.
What are our short-term goals? In fall 2022, we intend to form a partnership of HEIs in Europe, launching an interdisciplinary BIP for the years ahead. Ideally, we would submit the BIP application together in February 2023 for the year 2024. The Bertha von Suttner Private University in Austria will serve as the coordinator.
What do we offer? Together with three to six other, international HEIs, you would be able to send advanced students (Masters or PhD level) and staff to the BIP “Action Research Summer Camp,” at the latest from 2024 on. In addition, you are invited to bring your knowledge to the course as a co-trainer. We intend to use this collaboration to achieve the further transnational expansion and development of this unique program, possibly within major funding lines. We would like to welcome you as a representative at a workshop in 2023 kicking off the new partnership in a stunning Alpine environment: the “Waldhüttl” community project in Innsbruck. The meeting will be connected to the “Action Research Summer Camp 2023” (June 11 to 18). More information on the course will be availalbe from mid-September 2022 on at www.suttneruni.at/camp.
What’s next? If you are interested, please get in touch asap: Dr. Corey Dolgon, Professor for Sociology at Stonehill College (MA, USA): cdolgon@stonehill.edu; Dr. Eberhard RAITHELHUBER, Professor for Social Intervention and Transformation, Bertha von Suttner Private University (Austria): eberhard.raithelhuber@suttneruni.at
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What is a BIP? BIPs are teaching and learning elements jointly delivered by several universities, combining virtual components with short in-person modules. There is one receiving Higher Education Institution (HEI) and two or more sending institutions. The organizing HEI receives Erasmus+ Organisational Support funds. The sending HEIs support students’ and teachers’ in-person stays from their Erasmus+ funds. Students receive EUR 70 per day of their stay if the duration is 5–14 days. Teachers are supported through the Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility scheme. Individual participants (e.g., practitioners, activists) and institutions which are not eligible for ERASMUS+ funding can also take part in BIPs at their own expense.
 
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We have some good news to share!
Thanks to the Fulbright Commission, we can continue to develop transnational trainings in Participatory Action Research in 2022 and 2023. Our project application “Capacity Building in PAR”, submitted by the Bertha von Suttner Private University to Fulbright Austria, was successfully approved. Dr. Corey Dolgon (MA, USA) will serve as a Fulbright Specialist (project ID: FSP- P007732). Hence, the Action Research Summer Camp with two highly successful runs in 2021 and 2022 will be continued in 2023. We will co-organize it once again with our social partner in Innsbruck: the progressive Waldhuettl community (www.waldhuetll.at). The call for applications for this in-person one week summer school (11 to 18 June, 2022) will start soon. Information will be provided at www.suttneruni.at/camp from mid-September on.
The international course (6 ECTS points) is part of the Continuing Education program that Suttneruni is rolling out. It allows students and practitioners alike to earn micro-credentials.
Suttneruni will use the continued cooperation between the two course co-directors, Specialist Dr. Dolgon and Dr. Raithelhuber, as a lever for developing a train-the-trainer model and creating permanent support. The latter will be realized by attracting various partners on institutional, intersectoral and transnational levels and integrating them into the organizational base. If you are potentially interested, stay informed!
 
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We asked our participants to fill out an evaluation sheet with open questions during the final session concluding the one-week course in June 2021.
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The PAR Initiative - Dr. Corey Dolgon and Dr. Eberhard Raithelhuber - invite contributions to the sessions “From the Global to the Grassroots: Fostering Transnational and Intersectoral Exchange in Participatory Practices and Methodologies”.
The session is part of the unique free virtual conference: “Reimagining our Worlds from Below: Transnational Conversations on Resistance, Movements, and Transformations”, May 18-21, 2022, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), USA. Find the full call for papers at: https://ejcj.orfaleacenter.ucsb.edu/cfp-transnational-conversations/
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Session 1: From the Global to the Grassroots: Fostering Transnational and Intersectoral Exchange in Participatory Practices and Methodologies
Participatory and community-based forms of social problem analysis are core elements of empowerment and change “from below” around the globe. For example, community development, participatory action research, and popular education entail particular methodologies for, and orientations towards, producing grounded knowledge and encouraging community building and social action. Such processes have proven effective in fighting social inequalities and finding useful and sustainable solutions towards social change. Yet, there is little transnational and intersectoral exchange on capacity building for research and the practical ways of doing participatory analysis across social movements, academic projects, organizing efforts and civic engagement.
This session invites activists, academics, unionists, community workers, members of non-government organizations and governmental entities alike to present their practices and experiences of participatory problems analysis and political action. In particular, contributions on “train the trainer” models for developing participatory methods and integrating them with community organizing strategies and social movement work are welcome. We hope not only to showcase hands-on knowledge about the particular use of participatory problems analysis in different contexts, but also contribute to networking and continued exchange.
Session organizers: Corey Dolgon, Stonehill College (MA, USA) cdolgon@stonehill.edu & Eberhard Raithelhuber, Bertha von Suttner Private University (Austria), eberhard.raithelhuber@suttneruni.at
This session is part of “Reimagining Our Worlds from Below: Transnational Conversations on Resistance, Movements and Transformations – A Free Virtual SSSP Global Outreach Conference,” May 18-21, 2022, organized by the Society for the Study of Social Problems and co-hosted by the EJ/CJ digital hub of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB (USA). Please send your proposal for an individual contribution to the corresponding session organizer(s) by March 20, 2022. Your response to the call for a themed session should entail a title plus an abstract of 250 to 350 words. Please add a brief biographical note.
 
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Are you interested in developing or updating your knowledge of, and skills in, participatory research methods? Then join the Action Research Summer Camp! Stay with a group of people from around the world in a unique social project amid the Austrian Alps: the Waldhüttl grassroots community center in Innsbruck (http://www.waldhuettl.at/).
The Camp is offered by the Bertha von Suttner Private University in Austria (www.suttneruniversity.at). Certificates are available. Participation from the Global South is especially encouraged and supported.
The courses are in principle open to anyone interested who self-defines as a researcher or practitioner in the social sciences, social work or community-based service or organizing. The Basic course runs from June 19 to 25, 2022. We invite applicants with basic experience in participatory processes and community work or those who hope to conduct and apply community-based research and organization in their work. The Advanced course runs from June 25 to 30, 2022. We welcome participants who have attended the Basic course 2021 and have substantial experience. Activists, community workers and members of governmental entities and non-profit organizations can use the courses as workforce training or professional development.
The Camp is an activity developed by Dr. Corey Dolgon and Dr. Eberhard Raithelhuber. Apply for participation at www.suttneruni.at/actionresearch-basic and www.suttneruni.at/actionresearch-advanced up to March 31, 2022.
 
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PhD students from the University of Salzburg can be accredited with 6 ECTS points, equivalent to a work load of 150 hours. Please register  for the course through the PLUSonline system, internal course number 848.953.
All other participants who want to use the training for their graduate degree programs or professional credentials: we will be able to issue qualified certificates of participation.
 
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We develop, implement and evaluate interactive and engaged training courses in participatory research methods and collaborative action research for students, academics and practitioners from around the world, in close collaboration with local social partners.
Our first activity, the "International Action Research Summer Camp 2021" took place in late August in Innsbruck, Austria and was funded by the Fulbright Commission.
The PAR Initiative – Transnational Trainings in Participatory Action Research is co-directed by Dr. Corey Dolgon (USA) and Dr. Eberhard Raithelhuber (Austria)