Action research



Action research is at the same time a research methodology and a process for individual and organisational improvement.

Who is it for?

This workshop is designed for people who wish to improve their own practice, their own situation, or who wish to research a changing environment.  People who will benefit include:

  • Practitioners in any field who wish to improve their own practice
  • Managers (including public sector and community sector managers) who wish to improve their organisation
  • Workers in community development who wish to bring about community improvement
  • Researchers who wish to do very applied research
  • Qualitative researchers who wish to enlarge their knowledge of research techniques and skills, or involve their informants more directly in the research
  • Research candidates enrolled for applied higher degree theses and dissertations.
  • Supervisors whose supervisees wish to do applied field research.

When is it?

For in-house presentation, negotiated and designed to suit your needs.


Public workshops are run at "Riverglenn", 70 Kate Street Indooroopilly.  Accommodation is available on site for non-local participants.

Accommodation details:

To contact Riverglenn:

or phone 07 3878 9333  (That's Riverglenn's number, not Interchange's).

For in-house workshops you can provide the venue, or ask us to arrange it.


Workshop content will be developed partly in consultation with participants.  It is likely to include skills, concepts, processes and techniques for

choosing research which is flexible and responsive to the research situation

building rigour into the processes for collecting and interpreting information

generating change through building participation and involvement

achieving rigour and understanding in fluid research situations in ways which assist and are assisted by action and change

choosing between full participation and representative methods, and increasing involvement when using representative methods


Participants will help to determine the process and content of the workshop.  Subject to this negotiation they can anticipate an involving process which provides a mix of theory, discussion and practice.  There will be small group work to help participants consolidate the skills, techniques and concepts.

There will be appropriate handouts.


The workshop facilitator is Bob Dick, a Brisbane-based educator, facilitator and consultant whose reputation in these fields is based on over a quarter of a century of experience.

Those of you who are familiar with his work will know that his style is casual and participative, his processes robust and learnable, and his documentation clear, readable and practical.  His workshops are characterised by an integration of theory and practice, with equal emphasis on the development of skills and understanding.  The processes and models he helps others learn are those which he makes use of in his own work.


For public workshops the per person fee for the two days is $660.00 payable in advance, or $550.00 if received at least 18 days in advance .  All prices quoted are in Australian dollars and include GST.  Consult us about alternative in-house rates.

Cancellations will result in a 90 per cent refund if notified at least 10 days in advance, and a 50 per cent refund if notified at least 5 days in advance.  Participants who are unable to attend are welcome to substitute someone else.

To subscribe

Print out and complete the subscription form (PDF), and fax it to Interchange, +617 3878 4338.  Or telephone Camilla at +617 3378 5365 and charge your attendance to your Visa or MasterCard.


Negotiate your own in-house workshop

If you would prefer to have a workshop specifically designed to meet your particular needs, and run for you in your organisation or community, Interchange would be pleased to do that.  Important advantages of in-house and in-community workshops include their relevance (we fine-tune them to your needs), and their greater ease of application to real local issues.

Interchange   37 Burbong Street  Chapel Hill  Queensland  4069    Australia
Telephone +617 3378 5365   Fax +617 3878 4338   email

Maintained by Bob Dick.  This page last revised 2011 06 26.

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