Radical Participatory Research

1 day virtual workshop
November 15, 2022, 8:00 am-4:00 pm PT

Globally, there is growing awareness of the politics of design, as invisible systems of hierarchy and privilege are becoming more visible to more designers. Participation plays a large role in the power dynamics around design. Who is participating? When, where, how, and why are they participating? If you are looking for a methodology that helps you determine when you bring community members into the design process to participate and what specific methods and activities you do with them, this is not the workshop for you. We will focus on the meta-methodology Radical Participatory Research (RPR) in which community members are always present and leading and through which you would do all the same activities and methods you would normally do.

This workshop will start with a short, general introduction to Participatory Research methodologies, and then specifically introduce a type of relational research called Radical Participatory Research (RPR), a meta-methodology. We will explore ways to transition to RPR, team recruitment, bias awareness, transitional facilitation, intersectional research, asset-based methodologies, compensation, evaluation, and RPR advocacy.

Target audience

  • Researchers and designers who engage in participatory design research, recognize the shortcomings, and want to improve the participation and participatory nature of the work.
  • Researchers and designers who do not do participatory design research but are curious and interested in moving in that direction and would like to understand the importance, goal, ideal, and north star of participatory research.
  • Anyone interested in delinking knowledge and knowledge production from colonialism and decolonizing participatory design.

Your lived experience and a willingness to both learn and share

You will be able to:

  • Distinguish between terms like colonial, decolonial, and anticolonial
  • Articulate the goals, benefits, and problems with participatory research
  • Describe the defining characteristics of RPR and its models
  • Create a qualitatively representative sample not just for research recruitment but for team recruitment
  • List and facilitate at least three bias awareness or decentering activities that lead to action
  • Describe at least one asset-based research methodology and one deficit-based methodology
  • Design an ethical way of compensating team members , given a specific situation
  • Evaluate a participatory research process for radicality
  • Name at least three organizational barriers to RPR and at least one way to possibly overcome each barrier


$895 regular, sales end November 15, 2022