Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Participatory Action Research and Social technology Topics at iSchool Workshop

We recently heard from IJCAIP subscriber Catherine Moravac a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Maternity Care Project, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology St. Michael's Hospital. Catherine has been active in participatory research with young pregnant women in Toronto in a Filmmaker in Residence project at St. Michael's Hospital (a collaborative effort with the National Film Board)

Health Information Collaboration and Exchange First Steps for New Researchers Workshop

In a new workshop with the iSchool Institute, Faculty of Information University of Toronto, Susan Gratsaris and Catherine Moravac will introduce participants to a variety of databases for collecting literature in the health sciences. They will also introduce ways in which social technology can promote collaboration between patients, their caregivers and medical providers as well as qualitative research approaches which have been used in the ‘exchange’ of health information at the community level.

Instructors will also be discussing Participatory Action Research (PAR) as a methodology for advocacy and collaboration with marginalized communities.
A case study will be presented in which a team of researchers, health care providers and filmmakers worked collaboratively with young, homeless pregnant women on a project which strove for social and political change. Participants will learn more about this project including the overall process and outcomes, consent, ethical issues, data collection, community engagement and lessons learned.

This sounds like an excellent workshop for those active in research for hope and change.

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