What is action research?
Action Research is a means of connecting knowledge and action and bridging the practice-theory gap. Typically, it refers to a process where knowledge is informed by real-world action and created for creating real-world action.
The action research cycle is central to the approach. In simple terms, the cycle begins when a real-world issue is identified and collaboratively explored. The knowledge created in the first part of the action research cycle is then utilised to plan and implement action. Following the action, collaborative reflection takes place, and the cycle begins again.
Organisational Development can be viewed as a location-based form of action research which is focused upon organisational change.
Action Research always combines knowledge creation and action, but it takes many different forms, so it can be difficult to define. In academic settings, the emphasis tends to be on the research or knowledge creation part. In business and community-based settings, emphasis is often on the action.
A wide range of methods have been successfully utilised in the action research process, from informal group work discussions to quantitative surveys.
Ladders4Action’s Approach to Action Research
Ladders4Action’s name nods to the significance of action research in our approach. We always adopt an action research process to ensure our work has the greatest real-world impact possible, whether explicitly or implicitly.
At Ladders4Action, we understand how the action research approach can be beneficial when addressing complex and sensitive social issues.
Rather than one-off interventions that have limited potential for impact and change, Ladders4Action will frequently recommend an action research approach.
How this service works
If you or your organisation has a complex social issue you wish to address, we will schedule an initial meeting to explore a range of possibilities. After being informed of your needs, aspirations, timeframe and budget, Ladders4Action will design a tailored action research approach.
Action research is impactful, but it does require time, resources and organisational commitment. If we do not believe that the proposed timeframe or budget is viable, we will let you know and suggest an alternative.
Variable. Proposal and costing will be given after an initial consultation
Please contact Ladders4Action to arrange an initial discussion