Using Action Research and Learning for Politically Informed Programming
Michael O'Keefe, John T. Sidel, Heather Marquette, Chris Roche, David Hudson, Niheer Dasandi
This Research Paper outlines preliminary findings about how action research can help build more politically informed development programs. It discusses action research being undertaken by the Pacific Leadership Program, the Coalitions for Change program in the Philippines, and DLP.
This approach combines theory and practice to support development practitioners to think and work politically to bring about positive change. It involves recurring constructive engagement with practitioners and it rigorously documents, contextualises and explains the processes and outcomes of programs as they unfold - and the resultant changes (or not). It aims to help development practitioners and their partners understand more clearly the contexts in which they are operating, the consequences of their practices and policy decisions, and how national and sub-national change is actually occurring.
Michael O'KeefeView author profile
John T. SidelView author profile
Heather MarquetteView author profile
Professor of Development Practice and Director of the Institute of Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University, and Deputy Director (Impact), Developmental Leadership Program
Professor of Politics and Development, University of Birmingham, and Director, Developmental Leadership Program
Niheer DasandiView author profile
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