Participating in Research

Many organizations and people conduct research for many different reasons. Research is done to build knowledge about a particular question and learn what problems might be affecting peoples’ health, for example.

Participation in the research process is a topic that has been widely discussed among researchers and others since the 1980s. Much of this discussion was about what it means to be a participant or partner in a research project and how to best respect each others’ knowledge. These discussions helped to shape different types of research, such as participatory action research, and also resulted in the development of research guidelines.