Participatory Action Research for Positive Change


Indoor cooking causes 4 million deaths yearly
worldwide. With 7Senses, local communities in Kampala,
Uganda discovered a solution that instantly reversed
this threat...

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For about 20 years, Saban fishermen saw their redfish
stocks decline; a threat to their income and the marine ecosystem.
With 7Senses they discovered how to turn the tide...

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7 Senses Actie onderzoek ouderen

Also in the Netherlands, action research boosts
the power of community-led innovations

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7Senses Academy

Create impact yourself by setting up your own
Participatory Action Research project, leading
a multi-disciplinary international team in the field!

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Inspire your audience with a lively 7Senses public talk
or training about the innovative power of communities

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Co-Create Sustainable Impact With Participatory Action Research

This one may be familiar to you: Give somebody a fish and he has food for one day. Teach him how to fish and he will have food for his entire life.” But what if that somebody does not like fish, or fishing? Or what if there’s no fish around? What if our fishing style is not working overthere? Or what if it is not culturally appropriate to eat fish? 7Senses’ vision is a world where people are empowered to tackle community issues amongst themselves, independently from traditional forms of western aid. 7Senses’ work -conducting Participatory Action Research worldwide- is focused on facilitating local people in discovering what fits their socio-cultural context in tackling community issues, using local talent, manpower, materials and the like. As such, the local community co-creates interventions which are very cost-efficient and truly fit their social-cultural context and needs!

The 7Senses concept leads to:

  • Sustainable, positive change in local communities
  • Less dependency of local communities on western aid or government intervention
  • Concrete solutions that fit the local socio-cultural context
  • Enhancing local innovation force and sense of ownership
  • Development that continues after the facilitators have left the field

In all of our work we use Participatory Action Research, a form of research in which you not only collect data as in traditional research, but also present it to the community within the process. As such, the community can reflect upon it and co-create the best fitting interventions to tackle the addressed issue.

You can also realize sustainable impact with 7Senses! Follow the 7Senses independent trainings, join the 7Senses Academy or join the 7Senses Challenge!

Action Research

Participatory Action Research

Participatory Action Research is an approach that bridges science and practice. It combines the best of both in order to boost the transit to a more sustainable world. Our PAR processes empower local communities to tackle the world’s most complex issues with the crowd, leading to unexpected, yet extraordinary effective results.

7Senses Academy

Participatory Action Research

We train our action researchers in the 7Senses Action Research Academy, where our students co-design their own action research in the form of a 7Senses Challenge. A great way to start your career in the development sector, working with community goals rather than donor goals.


7Senses Challenge

Participatory Action Research

The 7Senses Challenge is a 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals who aim to experience Participatory Action Research in the field while at the same time working on their own personal and professional development. Our Challenge programmes take place in different countries worldwide and on different subjects.

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