Training - Barometer

Training in Practical Methods of Participatory Research and Community Engagement

ECONOMICS FOR PEACE INSTITUTE (epi) trains planners in science-based participatory strategies to improve Federal, state, regional and local decision-making.

The Institute partners with recognized international leaders in PAR training to optimize the rapid deployment of PAR in real world settings.  In epi’s PAR educational programs, planners acquire skills in participatory strategies such as ethnography, participant observation, and rigorous qualitative research.  We also teach participatory learning and action (PLA) and appreciative inquiry (AI). The Institute's educational offerings always include methods to ensure optimal community-based small group reflection and decision-making; trainees also acquire skills for adapting methods to match site-specific conditions and cultural setting whether monocultural or multicultural.

epi offers a range of educational options including in-house and nationally-invited workshops, demonstration projects, experiential learning and a web-based information portal.  We also plan a series of webinars and welcome invitations to present introductory seminars.   In our workshops, epi offers a curriculum specifically suited to our audience’s immediate needs whether for Federal, state, regional, and local planning processes.  Customized workbooks are also provided for in-house training programs.

epi offers direct consultation with Federal and regional planners regarding insertion points for PAR within an existing planning process. 

Upon request, we conduct a preliminary assessment and propose how PAR might best serve within the existing planning framework.  This permits one-on-one consultation and experiential learn by doing opportunities for our clients and invited trainees. To learn more or to request a proposal, please contact us at info @

The Participatory Network (an online PAR initiative)

Those who participated in epi's first PAR workshop in May 2009 offered to coach for free (time permtting) individuals interested in learning more about PAR and PAR tools well-suited to their particular planning objectives. Now that the Participtory Network[link] is soon online, we are excited that this initial open-handed gesture of support may be realized.  You are welcome to apply to join[link] the Participatory Network and begin communications with its members.  The Particpatory Network advances particpatory research through a range of online[link] and offline projects.

About the Page Icon:  A barometer detects a low pressure system approaching and the likelihood of a change in the weather. For practitioners of public involvement and dispute resolution, epi's PAR training may serve—much like a barometer—to detect trends and underlying influences or patterns that may not be observable otherwise.


epi's web icons are images of 19th century scientific instruments and cultural resources.  Our icons are meant to evoke the observational strategies of Charles Darwin and other scientists including biologists, naturalists, anthropologists and even physicists. These set the stage for epi's blog: Hiking with Darwin.