Participatory Action Research (PAR) involves researchers and research users in a shared process of 'learning by doing'. The lessons learned from this approach to date are:
-PAR has proven an effective tool for engaging stakeholders
-Building PAR skills is a long-term process and needs to start early in the project cycle
-The PAR approach lends itself to research leadership by atypical 'researchers'
-There are clear signs in some projects that decision-makers see PAR findings as being relevant to policy.
Climate Change Adaptation in Africa Program, 2008–09 Year in Review, 2 pp.