The following principles and commitments guide our collaborations, in the hope of maximizing participation within our PAR projects. Across our work we agree:
· To value knowledges that have been historically marginalized and delegitimized (i.e., youth, prisoner, immigrant) alongside traditionally recognized knowledges (i.e., scholarly).
· To share the various knowledges and resources held by individual members of the
research collective, across the collective, so members can participate as equally as possible.
· To collaboratively decide appropriate research questions, design, methods and analysis as well as useful research products.
· To create a research space where individuals and the collective can express their multiplicity and use this multiplicity to inform research questions, design and analyses.
· To encourage creative risk-taking in the interest of generating new knowledge (i.e., understanding individuals and the collective to be “under construction” with ideas and opinions that are in formation, expected to grow, etc.).
· To attend theoretically and practically to issues of power and vulnerability within the collective and created by the research. To strategically work the power within the group when necessary to benefit both individual and collective needs/agendas
· To excavate and explore disagreements rather than smooth them over in the interest of consensus (as they often provide insight into larger social/political dynamics that are informing the data).
· To use a variety of methods to enable interconnected analyses at the individual, social, cultural, and institutional levels.
· To conceive of action on multiple levels over the course of the PAR project.
· To think through consequences of research and actions.
· To an ongoing negotiation of conditions of collaboration; building research relationships over-time.