Participatory research: FAQ

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FAQ On Participatory Research for and with People with Disabilities

Presentation of the project

  • 16 experts were mobilized to answer questions from the community and to share success stories, best practices, and tools for creating successful partnerships and projects
    • 9 researchers and doctoral students from McGill University, University of British Columbia, université Laval, Université Trois Rivières, and research centers like Cirris and CRIR
    • 6 partners (Observatoire québécois du Loisirs, Pair conseillers: former Memo Qc, Spinal Cord Injury BC, TCC des deux rives, Axelys, Humano Stratégie-conseils)
  • 18 videosto inform and help teams who want to set up a participatory project with and for people with disabilities.
  • 3 themes:
  1. Participatory research
  2. Partnership
  3. Communication and results

The themes are based on a consultation with the community of partners involved in the project: 46 questions were collected during a survey conducted in the fall of 2021.


Who is it for?

Anyone interested in participatory research (students, researchers, partners)


What you will find

  • Answers, in short videos
  • Experience sharing
  • Concrete examples
  • Tools
  • Solutions


This project is the result of collaboration between Inclusive SocietyParticipation sociale et ville inclusive, the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain, and Unité de Soutien SSA-Québec.

Société Inclusive    PSVI - Participation sociale et villes inclusives - Équipe de recherche        CRIR - Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain   Unité de soutien - SSA Québec - Ensemble pour un système de santé qui apprend

18 videos

Discover the participatory approach to research and the strategies to integrate all stakeholders and make research efficient.

The videos below are also available with an interpreter (Quebec Sign Language – LSQ) and a video transcription document.

Click here to see the text transcripts or view the LSQ video version


Philippe Archambault, Scientific Co-Director of CRIR and of the Inclusive Society project and professor at McGill University and Marc Saint-Onge, coordinator of the Observatoire Québécois du loisir.

2. What issues can be addressed by a participatory research project?

3. Why is it called « participatory » research?

4. What are the main steps of a participatory research project?

5. How to establish and decide roles and responsibilities of each member of the partnership?

6. How to identify the right research user when wanting to establish a partnership?

7. How to avoiding tokenism, and focuses on shared decision on a research partnership?

8. How can I check if the partnership is meaningful and collaborative?

9. What are the winning pratices in partnership research?

10. What can be done to ensure that a partenership is beneficial to all stakeholders?

11. How can organisations and individuals be helped to make their partnership more fruitful?

12. Why is participative research more time-consuming?

13. How can we retain knowledge through the transfer of skills and data?

14. How can the results be communicated to promote it?

15. How do you find the right media to ensure that the results are communicated and easily accessible to…

16. How can we ensure that knowledge translation is completed successfully?

17. How do you determine if projects have real market potential?

18. How do you determine if projects have real market potential?