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 8: Empowerment Evaluation and Action Research: A Convergence of Values, Principles, and Purpose
Empowerment evaluation and action research share similar philosophies, concerns, and techniques. They are both forms of self-reflective inquiry. They are committed to principles of improvement, inclusion, democratic participation, social justice, capacity building, organizational learning, and action or results. In addition, they share similar concepts, ranging from cycles of reflection and action to reflective practitioners. There are a few differences between the two that merit consideration. Together, however, they represent a powerful force for social change.
Transformative empowerment evaluation highlights the psychological, social, and political power of liberation. It is the use of evaluation concepts, techniques, and findings to foster ...