Meeting Archive:
CPFOA Staying Connected - The Basics of Participatory Action Research

Meeting Description:
Take your partnership work to the next level of improving service systems for older adults! Learn about participatory action research - PAR - and hear some examples that other partnerships and alliances have undertaken. Two presenters from DataCenter will offer a basic introduction to the purpose and methods of PAR and share some examples of how PAR was conducted by local and national alliances to promote social justice issues.
The brief presentation will be followed by a discussion of CPFOA members to share experiences of PAR and brainstorm ideas for future collaboration with each other around participatory action research.
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Nancy Giunta
 Presenter Information
Christine Schweidler, Research Director, DataCenter
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Chris works to support social justice advocacy through community-driven participatory research and popular education. She's collaborated on a broad range of community based research projects across areas including public health, workers’ rights, urban peace, and housing rights. Prior to joining DataCenter, Chris directed research at Healthy City, a program of Los Angeles-based civil rights nonprofit, the Advancement Project (, where she developed the Community Research Lab, a program that partners with community-based organizations in order to advance their advocacy and strategic goals through the use of research, maps, and digital media. Chris received an MA in History and Sociology of Science from UPenn and an MPH in epidemiology from UC Berkeley.

Saba Waheed, Research Director, DataCenter
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Saba has worked in community-based research for almost a decade. Prior to joining DataCenter in 2004, she worked at the Urban Justice Center in NY where she helped build a Research & Policy Initiative to link community-based participatory research and organizing. She co-wrote the report Unfare to win a fare increase for taxi drivers in NYC, and was on the research team that created Home is Where the Work Is, the report that helped win the first ever Bill of Rights for domestic workers. She firmly believes that communities are first and foremost the experts, and she is committed to having their voices legitimized in mainstream and research circles. Saba has an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, and serves on advisory committees for Food Chain Workers Alliance, Justice for Families, Domestic Worker Health Impact Assessment and National Priorities Project. In addition to her DataCenter work, she is editor for SAMAR Magazine and producer for the KPFK radio show “Flip the Script”.

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