Many of our Extension clients struggle with issues of work-life balance, self-care, and sustainable leadership. Extension staff do as well. This article describes the richness of the Participatory Action Research (PAR) tool as an educational and community development intervention and a qualitative research methodology. The project on self-care and women's sustainable leadership described here also engaged researchers as participants in the study. Using PAR to create solutions to issues of self-care and work-life balance has great potential in Extension with benefits to clients and staff as well.
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Fortune, A. M., Brown, J., Burwell, D., & Conlon, E. (2012). Participatory Action Research: A Useful Tool for Exploring Work-Life Balance Issues. The Journal of Extension, 50(1), Article 32. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss1/32