Capturing and Reflecting for Change: The Generation of Impact

  • Tineke Abma
  • Sarah Banks
  • Tina Cook
  • Sónia Dias
  • Wendy Madsen
  • Jane Springett
  • Michael T. Wright

Chapter Summary


The role of critical reflection as a key ongoing element of participatory research is explored with reference to previous chapters. The power of critical reflection to encourage learning and change is discussed alongside the formalization of reflection as evaluation: as a way of recognizing and capturing change. Participatory evaluation and its benefits are outlined, including the demonstration of the impact of the practice of participatory research itself.


To demonstrate the important and key role of critical reflection and evaluation in participatory research as a change mechanism, how change is recognized and ways of capturing change/impact.

Central Question

What is the role of reflection in participatory research and how do we capture those reflections and the types of change that occur throughout the process?


Critical Evaluation Evidence Impact Process-driven Value-driven 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tineke Abma
    • 1
  • Sarah Banks
    • 2
  • Tina Cook
    • 3
  • Sónia Dias
    • 4
  • Wendy Madsen
    • 5
  • Jane Springett
    • 6
  • Michael T. Wright
    • 7
  1. 1.Amsterdam Public Health Research InstituteVU University Medical CentreAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of SociologyDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  3. 3.Department of Disability and EducationLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.National School of Public HealthUniversidade Nova LisboaLisbonPortugal
  5. 5.School of Health, Medical & Applied SciencesCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  6. 6.Centre for Healthy Communities, School of Public HealthUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  7. 7.Institute for Social HealthCatholic University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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