Synthesizing research and practice: Using the action research approach in health care settings

Authors
Citation
P. Bate, Synthesizing research and practice: Using the action research approach in health care settings, SOC POL ADM, 34(4), 2000, pp. 478-493
Citations number
36
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Social Work & Social Policy
Journal title
SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION
ISSN journal
0144-5596 → ACNP
Volume
34
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
478 - 493
Database
ISI
SICI code
0144-5596(200012)34:4<478:SRAPUT>2.0.ZU;2-U
Abstract
The traditional dichotomy between research and practice invariably results in having to make difficult choices between the two, or trying to balance t hem in some way in order to keep both academic and corporate "sponsors" hap py. The real challenge is not so much balancing the two as achieving a clos er fusion and synthesis between them. The action research model offers one such way forward in this regard, being better placed than either the "appli ed research" model or the "consultancy" model to realize the synergies and complementarities between research and practice. Action research is a mutua l learning process within which people work together to discover what the i ssues are, why they exist, and how they might be addressed. Overtime there is a blurring of the traditional roles of practitioner and researcher, the former becoming "researching practitioners", the latter "practising researc hers", The different phrases of the action research model are illustrated w ing data from NHS case studies and relevant literature. Although the focus is upon how an organizational anthropologist would use the model, the sugge stion is that it commends itself to a much broader constituency of social s cientists and qualitative researchers working in the social and public Poli cy arenas, and hence merits further investigation by all of these.