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Building in Research and Evaluation


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Foreword by Michael Quinn PattonPrefaceList of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsPrologue1. Some Introductory Foundations for Building on2. Living Systems3. Cycles of Research, Evaluation and Inquiry for Life4. More (Truly) Living Human Services5. Examples of Building in Inquiry for Living Human Service Systems6. Concluding WordsAppendicesAppendix 1. How To Deliver Negative Evaluation Results ConstructivelyAppendix 2. Key Drivers of Organisational ExcellenceAppendix 3. What's the Myers Briggs Indicator Got To Do With It?Appendix 4. An Example of Use of the Sequence of Whole Cycle Research Questions: in Health Promotion PracticeAppendix 5. Other Integral Theories of ChangeAnnotated BibliographyReferencesIndex

About the Author

Yoland Wadsworth is a path-breaker in methodology and use of social research in health, community and human services. She is Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, and Principal Fellow in the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne. She is also author of Everyday Evaluation on the Run and Building in Research and Evaluation: Human inquiry for living systems.


"In this the third and final text in her life's work trilogy [Wadsworth] displays an extraordinary capacity to integrate many different perspectives, theories, constructs and approaches within an overarching accessible framework. She puts those perspectives and approaches in dialogue with each other, and provides the reader with a way to navigate the labyrinth created by the intersection of inquiry and practice. Her own depth of experience and accomplished capacity for reflection as both a practitioner and inquirer make her insights important and innovative. Her style of writing, presenting and engaging the reader is uniquely her own-and therefore quite original.. Wherever people are engaged in trying to make the world a better place and open to undertaking inquiry as a part of that process, this book will be a welcome addition to their journey." -From the Foreword by Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation

"Brilliant...I'm not aware of any other book of this nature. The examples are impressive."-Linette Hawkins, social work educator

"This work is unquestionably original and in major ways innovative."-Professor Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney

"Highly original. an ambitious integration of concepts. Credible and useful. Grounded in pioneering empirical research."-Professor Danny Burns, University of West England

"An integrative book by a grandmaster of the field is a treasure. Yoland gives us, not only a rich book on engaging in social research, but also a deep insight into her own thought processes of how to work with issues and questions, and to work with people who care and who want to change structures. This is a book which invites us to develop our own integration of who we are and how we work."
--David Coghlan, Trinity College Dublin, author of Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

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