Category Archives: What is action research?
I notice my irritation rising whenever someone refers to ‘anecdotal evidence’. As if people are saying the evidence is merely anecdotal. It’s unreliable and based on hearsay. It doesn’t count for much. And so often, such remarks are made in … Continue reading
Taking time to hear the stories that matter to matter pays off in the long run…it’s just the way we do things round here. Asking for feedback can feel a bit embarrassing but we find the courage because it’s good … Continue reading
I’m delighted to be a guest blogger for IRISS this week. This post talks about how stories energise and restore people’s connections with each other and what they care about, so motivating people to work together. Action research – a truly humane approach to … Continue reading
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.