Participant observation parallels the principles of community based participatory research (CBPR), recognizing that each community should be understood in its own context. Using fieldnotes from the Métis Settlements Life Skills Journey (MSLSJ) program, the authors explore the benefits and challenges of using participant observation in CBPR program evaluation. Participant observation was incorporated in 2014 and 2015 as researchers sought a complementary perspective and context to determine the impact of the program. The authors explore relationships with a large number of stakeholders (children, facilitators, community members, and project staff) and discuss ensuring the participant observer’s perspective is not privileged above others.
Cross-Disciplinary Methodology, Mixed-Methods Design, Qualitative Evaluation and Social Policy, Community Based Participatory Research, Participant Observation
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Hammer, B., Fletcher, F., & Hibbert, A. (2017). Participant Observation: Enhancing the Impact Measurement in Community Based Participatory Research. The Qualitative Report, 22(2), 439-455. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss2/6