Continuing the Journey: The Quest for Sustainable Partnerships
Participatory research is dependent on a number of factors, but perhaps most important is the relationship that develops between the research partners. This chapter focuses on a number of factors that impact on the sustainability of research partnerships, including the challenges posed by undertaking time-limited research projects. These factors include: whether projects are regarded as discrete entities; funding; geographical distance; prior relationships; co-researcher boundaries; and evaluation of partnerships. These factors also open opportunities for research partners to develop as participatory researchers, either with the same partners or through developing partnerships with other co-researchers.
To explore the end-point of participatory research: why some partnerships finish when a single project ends; how and why partnerships continue on to become more sustainable across a number of projects; and as milestones for learning.
What do we mean by sustainable participatory research?
KeywordsCapacity building Relationships Partnerships Responsibilities Proximity Sustainability
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