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Tutorial 5:  Plan for Action

5. Plan for Action - Overview

Hopefully either the values clarification process, or analytic reading of the literature literature has helped you to 
identify a challenge, problem or area of inquiry. Think of it as focusing a microscope. You are involved in a 
complex workplace or context with lots of possible avenues for action research. In order to see the details, 
you need to focus in on limited action and place this change at the center of your inquiry. Most of you will be 
situating action in your place of work. But you can also choose to locate your action research outside of work 
in some other arena that is important for you. For example you might consider action research in a 
community or religious based organization or in a program where you volunteer. Doing action research 
involves choosing to examine some aspect of your overall work. If you try to focus on too much, you will 
lose the attention on the details, but if you set the focus too high, you might lose some of the context needed 
to make sense of the action. Hopefully you have identified an area that you want to explore, a skill that you 
would like to develop, or a problem that is in need of a innovative solution. In this phase , we will be seeking 
to understand the context of that problem and begin to formulate some innovative solutions or ideas to implement.

Tutorial 5: Plan for Action Video

Tutorial 5:  Activities

A. Create your Logic Model to map your theory of action
B. Evaluate the force field around your setting
C. Prepare an ethical research plan

Tutorial 5:  Resources

A. Strategies, tutorials, and templates for creating logic models
B. Force Field Analysis examples and discussion
C. Exploring ethical issues when doing action research with others

       1) Debate on Ethical Issues

       2) Templates for Consent Letters