Community Development Alliance Scotland

Forming new futures through appreciative inquiry


 Insight paper 33 from IRISS by Cathy Sharp, Belinda Dewar and Karen Barrie argues that:

  • Appreciative inquiry is an action research approach that offers a powerful contribution to meeting the appetite for real change in public services.
  • Appreciative inquiry is both a personal and professional practice that has many applications across health and social care
  • More mature understandings of appreciative inquiry, beyond a simplistic focus on positivity, can help to us to see old issues in new ways and offer fresh and welcome ways to challenge the status quo.

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