Action Oriented Research

Undertaking action research and pilot projects to develop methodologies for improving processes of innovation, learning, capacity development and institutional change

Action research combines research and practical work in a process that aims to improve strategies, practices and knowledge. It involves a reflective practice of progressive problem solving led by individuals, working with others in teams or as part of a community of practice, to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. One result is the creation of new bodies of practical knowledge. Organisations and communities build their adaptive capacity by becoming more reflective and analytical in their work.

Pilot projects lend themselves to action research. Existing ways of working are assessed, innovations tested and their impact reflected on. This paves the way for developing and improving technical, organisational and institutional capacities.

From practice to knowledge

The Centre for Development Innovation designs and facilitates action research and pilot projects together with partners. Building the capacities of the different actors and users in these processes is an important element. We often collaborate with other units of Wageningen UR, making knowledge and research available and feeding practice into knowledge creation.