Session: Keeping the P in PAR during Analysis: A Critical Discussion on Participatory Strategies to Analyzing Data (Society for Social Work and Research 26th Annual Conference - Social Work Science for Racial, Social, and Political Justice)

153 Keeping the P in PAR during Analysis: A Critical Discussion on Participatory Strategies to Analyzing Data

Friday, January 14, 2022: 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Independence BR H, ML 4 (Marriott Marquis Washington, DC)
Cluster: Research Design and Measurement
Dominique Mikell, MSW, University of California, Los Angeles, Melanie Sonsteng-Person, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Sid Jordan, JD, University of California, Los Angeles and Victoria Copeland, University of California, Los Angeles
Participatory action research (PAR) is an approach to research that builds power through collective knowledge building practices to advance transformative social change goals. We are a cohort of doctoral student social welfare scholars with over a decade of collective experience utilizing a variety of PAR methods in our scholarship among multiple communities. This roundtable is intended to create a space for students to share and reflect on PAR data analysis strategies and, in particular, examine the connection between analytical decision making and the impact of research findings on racial equity and social justice. The organizers believe that if social work researchers aim to truly center racial equity and social justice, it is essential that we employ research methods and analysis strategies that align with these larger goals. The roundtable builds on the claim within the SSWR 26th Annual Conference Call for Papers that social work is not a value neutral profession by highlighting the tensions and possibilities for social change research within social work. As the history of social work is rooted in systems of white supremacy, social welfare research has perpetuated the marginalization and exploitation of many communities. In direct response to this, PAR, as an inclusive approach to research, rebukes harmful practices and re-imagines who research is for and what research can be. Through participating in PAR projects, social work researchers can support communities to utilize research to pursue racial and social justice in a manner that aligns with those justice goals; however, reaching that ideal is not a given. It is essential that as social work researchers we critically examine our role in each part of the PAR research process, and in particular data analysis, and how it aligns with the justice principles our research aims to address. As there is limited guidance on how to conduct participatory data analysis this roundtable will engage social work scholars by discussing the following questions about implementing participatory data analysis strategies:

1.What methods of participatory data analysis have you seen, heard, or used? 2. How do these participatory data analysis strategies align with the overarching goal of PAR to advance social and racial justice? 3. What have been our experiences, including opportunities and barriers, when implementing participatory data analysis strategies? What can be learned from those experiences? 4. What tools are available to help us assess whether our data analysis strategies support our collective's larger vision for social justice?

As panelists we will begin the roundtable by sharing our unique experiences using participatory data analysis strategies. Specifically, they will draw on research conducted in the context of health and healing, wellness as resistance, transformative justice, gender justice, and child welfare technology and surveillance. Next, all participants will engage in critical discussion on their own experiences using participatory data analysis strategies. Lastly, we will collectively create a set of guiding questions that can be used in the future to reflect upon the social and racial justice ramifications of our data analysis strategies.

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