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Introduction to participatory action research (for complex adaptive problems)


PAR in the WASH sector 1 Reply

Here a link to PAR work initiated by IRC International Water and…Continue


Started by Peter J. Bury. Last reply by Philipp Grunewald Feb 10, 2014.

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Comment by Philipp Grunewald on October 23, 2013 at 4:20pm

Hello Patricia,


Thanks for that question. I will try to address it as good as I can.


They might be presented in a binary way but you were also able to say I don't know, or suggest another idea (that might lie half way inbetween the two). Thus, there are at least for options in my eyes.

Additionally, you are not the only one to respond and other people get different pairs (and you get different pairs if you do it long enough). Thus, an idea gets compared to many different ideas by different people and the algorythm (where the decisions about rankings are made) then puts all these things together into one single ranking.


Hope that clarifies this. John has also send about an interesting paper on the tool a few days ago. That goes into more detail than I can do.



Best wishes,


Comment by Patricia Arana Tagle on October 23, 2013 at 10:56am

Thank you for the initiative. Whilst voting I was wondering if it was not biased as there were always only two options and the one discarded got then repeated again. Laurence Haddad from Sussex University posted a good article in his blog regarding Binary approaches:

It is different from the voting system but worth reading.

Thanks again


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