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    #1 by wpoehner on August 7, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Below is a snippet from a needs assessment project I have been working on:

    I started this questioner with the intention of addressing recidivism as it became and increasingly important topic at the jail. I admit that I lost focus on the project almost immediately. My strategy was to collect information on the thinking of inmates so that I can analyze and anticipate a solution. It took me a while to figure out that I was jeopardizing my own project. Action Research is not about playing researcher were one person gathers information about his subjects and attempts to find solutions. Rather it’s about actively inviting a dialogue and collaboration to address needs. It’s about harvesting the creativity of the group and finding possible solutions together. Once this paradigm shifted for me, everything began to come together and I started to have more fun.

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    #2 by Marilyn Jackson on November 3, 2012 - 11:21 am

    Hi William. I’m here at WISR for a seminar on Social Action Research with Na and she appreciates what you say about not playing researcher or attempting to find a preordained solution but to create more collaboration with others in figuring out about needs and to learn from others to gain their wisdom to make it a shared wisdom.

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