Cartoon © Simon Kneebone and Yoland Wadsworth – from What is Participatory Action Research? Action Research International online journal, 1998


Research for Real promotes learning from research by providing facilitation, advice and support for social research and evaluation using participatory and action research approaches.

“The point of research should be to talk to each other about what we ought to be doing.”

Research for Real works to support learning and capacity building in a wide range of public, third sector and social enterprise organisations, networks, communities and partnerships where social outcomes and social responsibility matter.

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Action research, as we work with it, supports processes of ongoing individual and wider organisational learning in ways that are critical, creative and collaborative and which bring practical results that are immediately applicable to the specific situation or problem.

BooksLearning in action and from experience are central to the process of change. In other words, it’s important to try things out and reflect, adapt and try again and to do this in an intelligent, inclusive and systematic way.

We have an established 14 year track record of delivery of high quality, thoughtful and practical research and consultancy projects.