Publication: Learning by Doing : Action Research and Governance
A great deal of literature exists on the concept of 'action research.' Common among most is the concept that creating dialogue among different groups promotes change through a cycle of evaluation, action and further evaluation, an iterative process. In particular, action research has been described as embracing 'principles of participation and reflection, and empowerment and emancipation of groups seeking to improve their social situation.' The World Bank Institute's (WBI) Governance program applies the methodology described both in the piloting of its new approaches to public sector management issues and its dissemination of lessons learned from such pilots and experiences elsewhere. The program arose from a need to provide assistance to those countries and governments seeking to reform an unsatisfactory governance environment.
“Simpkins, Fiona; Langseth, Petter. 2000. Learning by Doing : Action Research and Governance. Africa Region Findings & Good Practice Infobriefs; No. 156. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/77fbc9ab-d48e-54fb-ab2d-ab05123fbe37 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”