Using neighborhood observation to support public housing tenants’ empowerment

Coulombe, Simon; Radziszewski, Stephanie; Morin, Paul; Leloup, Xavier; Bohémier, Hélène et Houle, Janie (2017). « Using neighborhood observation to support public housing tenants’ empowerment ». Action Research.

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Although public housing is often described as a negative and stigmatized environment, tenants living in such an environment can cultivate a positive sense of community, which enhances their individual and collective well-being. The present study describes the second phase of a large action research, aiming to facilitate the empowerment of public housing tenants acting as peer-researchers Following a Photovoice phase, this second phase focuses on the development and first implementation of a participatory observation method as a tool for evaluating their collective environment fit. A group of nine tenants contributed to develop and later completed an observation grid. The observations were then discussed in decision-making sessions. The participatory observation method proved useful in supporting tenants in their reflection process, promoting the depiction of a nuanced portrait of their residential environment while also prioritizing capacity building. Results are currently used to inform an action phase in which tenants are taking increasingly more power. Triangulating the results from multiple sites is needed to establish more firmly the added-value of this observation method in a larger research project. Key challenges and lessons learned are described in a reflective section, sharing experiential knowledge with researchers that consider using a similar method.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: participatory research, observation method, public housing, residential environment, wellbeing
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences humaines > Département de psychologie
Déposé par: Janie Houle
Date de dépôt: 07 avr. 2017 08:37
Dernière modification: 07 avr. 2017 08:37
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