Who Should Attend

This training is designed for people who promote learning and organizational development, including executive directors, HR professionals, trainers, evaluators, graduate students and change consultants. Examples include:

  • Executives interested in implementing a participatory research or evaluation component at the program, institution or field level;
  • Professors who want to incorporate participatory practices and adult learning into their courses;
  • Graduate or PhD students interested in learning new group facilitation and evaluation skills; and
  • Researchers interested in new methods for involving communities in their work.

Workshop Curriculum

Workshop topics will include:

  • Collaborative Inquiry as an Action Research Methodology: This session will illuminate the core principles of the methodology in relation to more traditional research methods and will locate it within the field of Action Research.
  • Collaborative Inquiry in Practice: By exploring RCLA case studies of successful CI processes with a number of public service organizations, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how the process generates breakthrough learning and findings.
  • Facilitating a Cooperative Inquiry Group: Participants will learn the fundamentals of designing and managing a CI process, including various group dynamics. They will also learn about different facilitation styles and techniques to help groups gain the maximum benefit from the process.
  • Cooperative Inquiry in Action: To match theory and practical application, participants will experience elements of the CI process first-hand.