Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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Location InfoMalmö, Sweden


The Work Integration Project

The idea for this project is to make it easier for asylum seekers in Sweden to get to work. Even though the legal framework is in place to allow asylum seekers to work while waiting for a final decision, they face a lot of bureaucratic obstacles that make it almost impossible. The focus of this project will therefore be on what kind of obstacles they face when looking for a job and what will be possible solutions to make it easier.

Project details

This 7Senses project is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.

Project name Work Integration Sweden
Start date 5th of March 2018
Duration 3 months
Status Running, subscription closed
Country Sweden
Coordinator Madelein Nienkemper
Number of team members  6

Each PAR-design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure our projects are based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the PAR-project in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.

Problem Definition
Main Research Question
Sub Questions

Each PAR-project delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP.

Current situation (baseline) according to local stakeholders
Desired situation according to local stakeholders
Co-created solution

The impact of this project has not been measured yet. As soon as we have results of the impact measurement, it will be presented here.



Madelein Nienkemper

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Emmiina Vesalainen

Action Researcher
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Lisette Heeres

Action Researcher
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Isabel Tataje Waldenström

Action Researcher
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