About Us

At Participatory Research at McGill (PRAM), we try to build reproducible procedures to increase dialogue across cultural divides. These divides include those based on factors such as ethnicity, religion, age. Our societies are increasingly divided; we are interested in ways to bring people together on an equal footing. Our first tool set supports engagement of stakeholders in ways that respect the diverse worldviews of researchers, decision-makers, healthcare providers, patients, and communities. Our second tool set supports co-production and use of knowledge to improve health and healthcare globally.

Our currently active projects are in Canada, Nigeria, Botswana, Colombia, Mexico, and Australia; we also have experience in many other countries. We deal with many issues, from safe birth to dementia prevention, from co-designed cultural safety in service delivery to sexual and reproductive health among adolescents. We use a common set of methods across these concerns.

Our teaching covers the theory and practice of these methods. Under the guidance of seasoned researchers, Drs. Neil Andersson and Anne Cockcroft, PRAM offers training opportunities and graduate courses. FMED603 introduces authentic participation and intercultural research with hands-on participatory media. FMED615 focuses on integrated knowledge translation and exchange, including participatory communication techniques. Our advanced and more practical methods course FMED604 shares a toolkit and practices the processes for generating transformative dynamics. FMED 702 is an applied course on Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping, with a particular focus on its use to co-create knowledge in participatory research settings.

PRAM works in partnership with The Institute for Human Development and Well-being (IHDW) at McGill, of which Dr. Andersson is co-director.

More details are available in our annual reports and monthly newsletter

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