The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.

Chapter 29: Insurgent Inquiry: Connecting Action Research, Impact Evaluation, and Global Strategy in a Rights-Based International Development NGO

Insurgent Inquiry: Connecting Action Research, Impact Evaluation, and Global Strategy in a Rights-Based International Development NGO
Insurgent inquiry: Connecting action research, impact evaluation, and global strategy in a rights-based international development NGO
Kent GlenzerElisa MartnezMichael Drinkwater

This chapter explores the use of action research (AR) to connect impact evaluation of complex social change, shifts in organizational power relations, and transformation of organizational culture and strategy at the global level of a large, international non-governmental organization (NGO). While AR has a long pedigree in international development (Poppelwell and Hayman, 2012), its use within impact evaluation is limited. Impact evaluation, meanwhile, is, mostly disconnected from whole system organizational change (Burns, 2014).

The disjuncture between impact evaluation and global strategy is more pronounced in rights-based NGOs, where desired changes are ...

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