Category Archives: What is action research?
Here’s a new article on appreciative dialogue by Belinda Dewar and Cathy Sharp. We discuss the role of appreciative dialogue in facilitation of practice development and action research. There’s not much guidance about the ‘how’ of facilitation – here we highlight one … Continue reading
Research for Real has been selected, in partnership with Animate, to act as a Learning Partner to the Young Foundation and Taylor Haig in the 2 year BIG funded project Better by Design, which will be supporting 15 voluntary organisations in … Continue reading
At a Total Place event today we were reminded “the revolution will be improvised”. A catchy meme for sure which reminded me of an article I’ve read some time ago by Frank J Barrett. He makes the point that there are lots … Continue reading
Recently I was at the same event as Jackie Killeen, Director of the Big Lottery in Scotland. It was great to hear her say this: “At BIG we have some positive experience of being able to find and utilise evidence … Continue reading
We know that multi-agency partnership working is difficult. “Collaboration is by nature inefficient. It is only sensible to collaborate if real collaborative advantage can be envisaged. The strongest piece of advice, therefore, is ‘don’t do it unless you have to’”. … Continue reading
I’m just back from a very interesting gathering of folk who find evidence use fascinating and want to see more of it. We at least seemed to agree that we want to create more of an appetite for evidence and want … Continue reading
See this short creative storyboard – with thanks to IRISS for their support How action research can help to deliver better services from iriss on Vimeo.
This is well worth a look……The Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament An important call for us all to talk about our assumptions, share our thinking and adopt a more experimental approach to the design and delivery of public services. … Continue reading
See this new page with a short article about the important debate about redefining the relationship between public services and communities and the role of research and evidence. It would be great to hear your responses.
Here’s a link to an important new book by Yoland Wadsworth “Building in research and evaluation – human inquiry for living systems“, 2011