The Action Research Network of the Americas
8th Annual Conference

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO  |  June 3-6, 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS


Co-creating Knowledge and Empowering Communities
Co-creando Conocimiento y Empoderando a la Comunidad

Do not monopolise your knowledge . . . , but respect and combine your skills with the knowledge of the researched or grassroots communities, taking them as full partners and co-researchers . . . diffuse and share what you have learned together with the people, in a manner that is wholly understandable and even literary and pleasant, for science should not be necessarily a mystery nor a monopoly of experts and intellectuals. Fals Borda (1962)

The 2020 ARNA Conference team invites submissions from individuals and groups who are interested in sharing, discussing and improving collective efforts within the community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership approach to action research study. CBPR equitably involvescommunity members, organizational representatives, and academic researchers in all aspects of the research process where all partners contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership.  The core principles of CBPR include:

  • CBPR promotes collaborative and equitable partnerships in all research phases and involves an empowering and power-sharing process.
  • CBPR recognizes community as a unit of identity.
  • CBPR builds on strengths and resources within the community.
  • CBPR facilitates co-learning and capacity building among all partners.
  • CBPR balances research and action for the mutual benefit of all partners.
  • CBPR disseminates findings and knowledge gained to the broader community and involves all partners in the dissemination process.
  • CBPR promotes a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.

Submission Information & Deadlines

The Organizing Committee of the 2020 Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is calling for abstract submissions. To present your research at the conference your abstract will go through a double-blind peer review. A rubric is available on the ARNA 2020 website for you to know how your review is scored. Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.

  • Early Bird Abstract Submission begins: October 1, 2019
  • You can submit your abstract by using this Google Form.
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors: Before March 15, 2020
  • Full conference registration fees are due for all presenters, when registration opens.

Where to Submit
Please click here to submit your proposal through a Google Form.

» Review the Proposal Evaluation Rubric

Questions?
All inquiries can be e-mailed to: arna2020comite@gmail.com


Proposal Submission Streams

The 2020 ARNA Organizing Committee welcomes proposal submissions from the wide variety of perspectives within the concepts of CBPR. Submissions are organized into the following streams of presentations for the three days of the conference:

  • Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements through the Lens of Community Based Participatory Action Research
  • Challenging & Preserving Culture Through Community Based Participatory Action Research
  • Knowledge Creation, Preservation & Access Through Community Based Participatory Action Research

Types of Session Presentations

All sessions will be 90 minutes in duration and include the following formats.

Paper Presentation Sessions

  • Between 3 and 5 paper presentations can be accommodated in each session.
  • Presentation time for each paper and for the discussant is limited as follows:
    • 20 minutes each for a session with three presentations and a discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with four presentations and a discussant
    • 20 minutes each for a session with four presentations and no discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with five presentations and no discussant
  • AV hook-up will be available for presentations, please bring your own laptop..
  • These sessions are held in a setting with a capacity of between 25-50 people (participants and observers combined).

Panel Sessions

  • Each panel discussion can accommodate up to 5 people on the panel
  • A panel session is recommended for presentations based on research in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in one particular area or several, such as discussions of organizing community based participatory based research studies, publicizing community based participatory research, sustaining community based participatory research.
  • Please note, a member of each panel needs to bring adapters for projectors for presentations.
  • Panel participants may want to distribute printed papers and/or handouts.

Poster Sessions

  • Poster sessions represent graphic presentations of a person’s or community group work. The conference presentation will illustrate project objectives and outcomes using graphs, images, photos, diagrams with minimal text.
  • Poster Sessions will take place in one dedicated location at the conference.
  • Authors of the posters will hold discussions with attendees who are circulating among the poster boards at specific times. Many authors find it helpful to present a brief introduction orally or in written form to answer obvious questions about the poster and then allow the remainder of the time for more in-depth discussions.

Workshop Sessions

  • Workshop sessions will include facilitators and participants
  • Unless otherwise noted, workshop sessions will be within a 90 minutes period. More time can be requested in the proposal.
  • The workshop session facilitation focus is on interaction and learning
  • The proposal will outline learning outcomes, strategies for workshop engagement, and workshop capacity.

General Proposal Submission Guidelines

In the submission please specify if you would prefer to share your paper in an individual presentation, poster, panel, workshop or roundtable format. We will take this into consideration during our review of the proposals for placement in the conference schedule. All proposals will be 300 to 500 words and should describe the overall aims/objectives of the session, followed by 100 word descriptions of each paper presentation.

  • Sessions may be proposed independently or as a group. If the submission is a proposal from a group, then a contact member of the group needs to be identified.
  • Proposals and sessions will be presented in English and/or Spanish
  • A session organizer who is submitting but not presenting may act as chair and/or discussant.

Paper proposals will follow this general format:

  1. Briefly outline the research and action aims of your work and the presentation;
  2. What has been done to achieve the aims of the action and/or research (e.g., methodology, theoretical framework and methods) and the progress made (or goals you have set) towards research and action aims (e.g., findings, results, outputs, program changes, community action changes, events, or perspective changes)

Panel proposals should first describeresearch in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in one particular area or several, such as discussions of organizing community based participatory based research studies, publicizing community based participatory research, sustaining community based participatory research. The proposal can them move on to discuss how the panel will be structured, identify any target participant group, and describe how the audience will be included for questions.

Poster proposals will discuss the research that will be presented in the graphic presentations of a person’s or community work. The submission will illustrate project objectives and offer examples of how the outcomes will use graphs, images, photos, diagrams with minimal text.

Workshop proposals should describe the overall aims/objectives of the workshop; the structure of the workshop (including a general flow of activities); workshop capacity and the target participant group (ex. Community Based Organizations, New or Emerging Community Based Participatory Action Researchers, or Youth Participatory Action Researchers), if it not targeting a general audience of action-researchers.

Please remember to use the Google Form to submit and read the rubric that will be used to review your submission.

Thank you and see you in Puerto Vallarta!