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Methods Innovation

Participative Methods help bring innovation through different practices in support of stakeholders' participation in ART. Articles highlight potent methods in different micro-worlds of ART, from exploring and transforming power dynamics within youth participatory research to the use of theatre.

Articles

Action research in business and management: A reflective review
In the context of business and management, action research operates in the realm of strategies, practical tasks, and structured hierarchical[...]
Why action needs compassion: Creating space for experiences of powerlessness and suffering in participatory action research
Participatory action research is often informed by strength-based approaches such as appreciative inquiry. However, when social change and collective action[...]
A charge to educational action researchers
We conceive of education broadly and see it occurring in a diverse set of places and spaces, in classrooms and[...]
Knowledge mobilization: Stepping into interdependent and relational space using co-creation
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using co-creation approaches, with academics and partners working together to[...]
Action methods for faster transformation: Relationality in action
You think because you understand “1” you must understand “2” because “1” and “1” make “2.” But you must also[...]
Connecting Transdisciplinarity and Action Research by Roderick Lawrence.
Interrelations between action research and transdisciplinarity provide co-benefits that should be more widely recognized. Connections can account for combinations of[...]
Care for the Carers: Proliferating Support Groups
A pot of forget me nots. Author, Merle Varik, introduces her newly published article in ARJ, entitled: Launching support groups[...]
Caring in Action Research. Themed Issue ARJ out now
From the editorial by Kent Glenzer and Hilary Bradbury "It is a humble verb: “To care.” We say we care[...]
Action Research that includes policy makers
        We often hear that action research remains too local, too small scale.  A million dollar question[...]
Spiritual Midwifing on a virtual, global platform. Crowther et al, 2021.
Dr. Susan Crowther's and colleagues' article describes how they employ cooperative inquiry (CI) -  a participatory action research (PAR) methodology[...]
Participatory action research with Aboriginal Elders: Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort project
Collaborative, relational, participatory and reflexive research is not straightforward or easily achieved and this paper is insightful for its reflections on the challenges we experienced. It does not shy away from detailing some of the frustrations and misunderstandings experienced by the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal project members. Ultimately however, we would argue that non-Aboriginal researchers must expect a level of discomfort if they are committed to transformative practices that support Aboriginal peoples’ self-determination.  
The Beginning is never the beginning: Co-producing action research space
Abstract provided on behalf of the author: Hilde Refstie It is often difficult to identify when a particular research project[...]
Correctional officers as participants: Action research in prisons
Prisons are complex institutions with hierarchies of power. They are social systems that demand a research approach suited to their[...]
Community asset mapping as an action research strategy for developing an interpersonal violence prevention programme in South Africa
Abstract provided on behalf of the authors: Naiema Taliep, Sandy Lazarus, Jim Cochrane, Jill Olivier, Samed Bulbulia, Mohamed Seedat, Hazel Swanepoel, Anna-Marie James The aim of[...]
Rethinking the communication of action research: Can we make it dialogic?
Article Abstract provided on behalf of the authors: Patricia Canto-Farachala and Miren Larrea The paper proposes connectivity as an interactive approach[...]
7 Quality Choicepoints for ART: Improving action research transformations
In this action-video-snippet, Hilary Bradbury introduces the 7 quality checkpoints for good Action Research transformations (ART). While hardly comprehensive we[...]
For ART’s sake. Action Research Transformations and ARJ
At Action Research Journal (ARJ), we have refreshed and deepened our commitment to emphasizing Action Research for Transformations (ART). Deepening[...]
We are not third parties: Exploring conflict between action researchers and stakeholders as the engine of transformation
Blog post by Miren Larrea We face the common challenge of letting the next generations have a planet where they[...]
Encouraging Interiority in Business Action Research
A blog post by David Coghlan and Rami Shani As experienced action researchers in the organization development (OD), we have[...]
ARTists Transforming Action Logic
Adult Vertical Maturity Development - a non linear spiral Most psychologists within the field of adult development or psychological maturity aka.[...]
Gaia’s Graveyards – Bearing witness as first person inquiry
Humanity is overwhelmingly in denial about the ‘biological annihilation’ facing the other species on the planet, heirs to a 13.8[...]
Uniting action research and citizen science: Examining the opportunities for mutual benefit between two movements through a woodsmoke photovoice study
Blog post by Robin A Evans-Agnew and Chris Eberhardt In this project we found that urban youth were able to[...]
Embracing problems, processes, and contact zones: Using youth participatory action research to challenge adultism
Abstract provided on behalf of the author, Genia M Bettencourt In the United States, adultism creates dynamics in which youth are[...]
Assess Connect Transform In Our Neighborhood: A framework for engaging community partners in community-based participatory research designs
Have you ever wondered what it takes to achieve meaningful, lasting community change? How can you bring together researchers and[...]
Articulating practice through Provenance
Professional practice literature acknowledges the value for practitioners inquiring into and critically reflecting on their professional practice. This is often[...]
Action Researcher to Design Innovation Catalyst: Building design capability from within
Design-led innovation offers an alternate approach to solving problems and creating value – one that is creative, empathetic to end[...]
FACILITATING A PARTICIPATORY ACTION LEARNING ACTION RESEARCH (PALAR) PROCESS IN A HIGHER EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT 
In this paper we talk about our journey as researchers discovering the realities that many of our students face in[...]
Choosing strategies that work from the start: A mixed methods study to understand effective development of community–academic partnerships
Abstract provided on behalf of the authors: Emily Gomez, Amy Drahota, and Aubyn C Stahmer, Community–academic partnerships are believed to increase the[...]
Analysis and action: The political will and public will approach
Our article, "Analysis and action: The political will and public will approach”, serves as a guide for facilitators supporting initiatives[...]
Slaying my own ghosts: My process into action research
In the article “Slaying my own ghost“ I focus on how I as a PhD student with an economics background, grounded[...]
Camera, Lights, Action: Participatory video for two-way communication in research for development
Global development objectives increasingly call for interdisciplinary approaches that respond to different development needs at the local level. In order[...]
Action Research in Policy Analysis. Critical and Relational Approaches to Sustainability Transitions
Why is there hardly any action research in policy analysis? This was the question we discussed when we first met[...]
“Testing it in the real world”: Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning.
Action research was transformative for us as disability researchers and for social care planning with people with complex support needs[...]
Changing universities through action research: The dilemma of scope in pluralistic environments
If you are reading this you are interested in AR and if so, you may be somehow connected to a[...]
Resident experts: The potential of critical Participatory Action Research to inform public housing research and practice
Policies affecting those living in poverty are often created without the direct and meaningful participation of the people meant to[...]
Collaborative inquiry: Youth, social action, and critical qualitative research
What can youth teach us about research and social action? Our work with youth engaged in a participatory action research[...]
Exploration in to Action Research Review of Cultural Clash supported by Buddhist Methodology
Blog by Marcus Seels I found Shen's (2015), Action Research in a Problem Avoiding Culture using a Buddhist Systems Methodology to[...]
Bridging Two Different Worlds in the Search of Meaning
A blog inspired by: Marti, J. (2016). Measuring in action research: Four ways of integrating quantitative methods in participatory dynamics. Journal[...]
Challenge Routines to Transform your Practice
A blog inspired by Kane, R., & Chimwayange, C. (2014). Teacher action research and student voice: Making sense of learning in[...]
Researchers Become the Researched
A blog inspired by Zhang, Z., Fyn, D., Langelotz, L., Lönngren, McCorquodale, L. & Nehez, J. (2014). Our way(s) to action[...]
One Key to Success is a Trusting Partnership
A blog inspired by Kroeger, S., Beirne, J., and Kraus., T. (2015). You make the road by walking: A case study[...]
History is Written by the Researcher: a Reflection on Mullett’s “Issues of Equity and Empowerment in Knowledge Democracy: Three Community Based Research Examples”
Winston Churchill once famously said, “History is written by the victors.” While action research is certainly no war, this quote[...]
A Convoluted Approach to Action Research
A blog inspired by Greenwood, D. J. (2012). Doing and learning action research in the neo-liberal world of contemporary higher[...]
Theoretical reflections on narrative in action research
“The contribution (this article) makes, outlining the importance of narrative in action research will be of great interest to many[...]
What is Action Research?
A blog inspired by Davydd Greenwood’s “An analysis of the theory/concept entries in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research: What[...]
Reconstructing spatial narratives as a mode of action research and planning – Dialogical community actions of urban regeneration in the neighborhoods of Ka-la̍k-á, Taipei
Why does the planning profession often disregard the stories of the ordinary citizens? We all love stories. Sometimes a personal[...]
The co-conspiring methodology: An invitational approach to action research
"The co-conspiring methodology: An invitational approach to action research" walks us through the author's own thought processes in how she[...]
Can a process of participatory video be a way to increase the capabilities of young participants?
To what extent an engagement of eleven young Spanish participants in an audio-visual PAR process can expand their capacity to[...]
Accidental Ethnography (AccE): A Method for Practitioner-based Education Research
What is AccE? Pronounced “Ax-y,” it is a novel way to think about research, but one that is founded on[...]
Communicative space and the emancipatory interests of action research
So, imagine someone asking you this question: “what does communicative space look like?” No, not what is it? You can[...]
Up-scaling action research and implications for community organizing practice
Post Academic researchers often fail to fully comprehend the scope of and causes behind challenges experienced in low-income neighborhoods unless they[...]
Engagement as transformation: Learnings from a tourism development project in Dunga by Lake Victoria, Kenya
Participatory tourism development projects are considered effective and democratic since they engage people in interactive learning processes that change individuals[...]
Reflections on an insightful, yet challenging, quantitative observation method
Think about action research for a minute. Can you name action research studies that have drawn upon quantitative methods? Personally,[...]
The promise and challenge of online action research: Notes from a study of self-motivated online music learner
“Teaching and learning through Online Educational Resources is growing, yet too little is known about the cognitive and affective processes[...]
What is Action Research?
A blog inspired by Davydd Greenwood’s “An analysis of the theory/concept entries in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research: What[...]
A Convoluted Approach to Action Research
A blog inspired by Greenwood, D. J. (2012). Doing and learning action research in the neo-liberal world of contemporary higher[...]
One Key to Success is a Trusting Partnership
A blog inspired by Kroeger, S., Beirne, J., and Kraus., T. (2015). You make the road by walking: A case[...]
Action Research – Building Momentum for Continuous Action
A blog inspired by: Social impact and the justification of action research knowledge, Bjorn Gustavsen (2014) Similar to Newton’s Cradle,[...]
Researchers Become the Researched
A blog inspired by Zhang, Z., Fyn, D., Langelotz, L., Lönngren, McCorquodale, L. & Nehez, J. (2014). Our way(s) to[...]
The Complex Puzzle Game: Systemic Action Research
A blog inspired by Burns, D. (2014). Systemic action research: Changing system dynamics to support sustainable change. Action Research, 12(1),[...]
Challenge Routines to Transform your Practice
A blog inspired by Kane, R., & Chimwayange, C. (2014). Teacher action research and student voice: Making sense of learning[...]
Bridging Two Different Worlds in the Search of Meaning
A blog inspired by: Marti, J. (2016). Measuring in action research: Four ways of integrating quantitative methods in participatory dynamics.[...]
Learning networks for working-life development programmes
Playing safe or thinking anew in working-life development programmes? Good practices do not easily travel from one workplace to another.[...]
Neighborhood in Solidarity: A community development methodology that emerged throughout an action research experience
Abstract on behalf of Marion Zwygart, Alain Plattet, and Dario Spini Population aging and urbanization are often associated with a[...]
Analyzing and communicating action research data: Practical approaches to conveying the quality and texture of experience
Blog post by Megan Reitz Have you ever settled down to write about your experience of a phenomenon and felt[...]
Methodological Implications of Marxian Praxis in Action Research
Karl Marx famously wrote, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.”[...]
Co-create with stakeholders: Action research approach in service development
Abstract on behalf of Päivi J Tossavainen This paper promotes the value of including many stakeholders in service development. The[...]
An action-oriented method for inter-professional organization development at a hospital operating unit
Abstract on behalf of Christofer Rydenfält, Per-Anders Larsson, and Per Odenrick The complexity of modern interdisciplinary health care practices, where different specialties work[...]
Guiding principles for indigenous research practices
Blog post on behalf of Kevin C Snow, Danica G Hays, Guia Caliwagan, David J Ford, Jr, Davide Mariotti, Joy Maweu Mwendwa, and Wendy E Scott[...]
The ideal practitioner PART TWO: Is there a problem with the development practitioner? Seeking perspectives from “pure” practitioners, academics and things in-between
A provocation by Alfredo Ortiz and Kent Glenzer We at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) “train”[...]
Transmedia, bridges, and layers (oh my) – A new publication on Knowledge Mobilisation and Participatory Action Research
Blog post by Colin R Anderson  A new article in the Action Research Journal uses a case study approach to present three key knowledge[...]
The Ideal Practitioner PART ONE: Conversations about transformative practice, teaching, and learning
THIS INITIATIVE IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ACTION RESEARCH JOURNAL (ARJ) AND THE MIDDLEBURY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT MONTEREY[...]
Actualizing children’s participation in the development of outdoor play areas at an early childhood institution
Blog post by Sun-Mi Lee for article by Kwi-Ok Nah and Sun-Mi Lee How much do we respect and hear children’s voices[...]
Collaborative analytic autoethnography in action research
Blog post by Sandra Acosta My co-authors and I hope that you will consider organizing a CAAE group (or begin[...]
Adding action to the interview: Conceptualising an interview approach inspired by action research elements
Blog post by Helle Nielsen Some would argue that we as action researchers hesitate to be involved in methodological discussions[...]
Crossing the Bridge Between Numbers and Action
This article focuses on the different ways in which action researchers may strategically address this topic when thinking in processes that aim to coproduce knowledge with participants and promote changes in local settings.
You make the road by walking – Se hace camino al andar
Blog post and original art work by Steve Kroeger A sage expression from Machado’s (1982) selected poems, you make the[...]
Large Scale Change Action Research
By: Steve Waddell, Milla McLachlan, Greta Meszoely, Sandra Waddock The really big issues of today such as climate change, poverty, food[...]
Doing action research in organizations: Using communicative spaces to facilitate (transformative) professional learning
Blog post by Sandra Eady Have you ever wondered what triggers learning that transforms the way you see the world,[...]
Starting small and building out with Ernie Stringer: Personal insights into action research and educational change
Post by Eric Dustman Ernie Stringer is an action researcher with great heart and compassion.  He has spent the last[...]
The Big Picture
Take a camera in your hand. Zoom in and you can pick out the detailed pattern in the petal of[...]
From experience to action in recovery-oriented mental health practice: A first person inquiry
Blog post by Susan Kidd Relationships in health are formed in the context of our shared humanity and the social[...]
Our way(s) to action research: Doctoral students’ international and and interdisciplinary collective memory work
Blog post by Zheng Zhang Have you ever felt lonely on your journey as becoming action researchers? Have you ever[...]
When organizational politic work within and against action research in a school community
For years, action research has been a tool teachers (and others) have used to address a wide variety of issues. [...]
Recognizing and Developing Young Mothers’ Leadership Capacity Through Participatory Research
During graduate school, I taught in an interdisciplinary leadership program full of inspiring and interesting students, all of whom were[...]
The Importance of the Second Loop in Educational Technology: An Action Science study of introducing blogging in a course curriculum
Integrating new Internet based technologies into the classroom will be a major, ongoing task for educators over the coming years. [...]
Unexpected Learning Experiences from Creating Learning Communities in Executive Education
I always imagined myself, the professor, up at the front of the room, with MBA students and senior executives alike[...]
Participatory action research as a tool in solving desert vernacular architecture problems in the Western Desert of Egypt
I would like to take you in a journey in a far desert spaces and places. A journey to know[...]
You learn from going through the process: The perceptions of South African school leaders about action research
What is the value of action research for motivating change in school principals who work under difficult circumstances?  This was[...]
Balancing Acts: Interactive researcher as a virtual participant
In many professional roles we struggle with how to balance our involvement in different relations and work tasks. For instance,[...]
BRIDGING THE GAP OF KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION: A CASE FOR PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH
Some researchers could be offended by the following questions: Is all research justifiable in resource poor countries?  Is it ethical[...]
Action Research as Imaginal Process
Perhaps due to the nature of our personal orientations to the natural world, our experiences -- as educators, researchers, and[...]
Shaping Research: Key Informants
Despite our different ways of engaging with communities, my co-author, Dr. Debbi Main, and I we have both found that[...]