Action Research


Health Economics

  • Action research consists of efforts that are intended to have an impact on the performance of an organization. It is often designed and conducted by professionals in order to obtain and use data to improve their own practice. It invariably proceeds by having teams of researchers and research subjects working together. The method generally assumes that complex social processes can be studied best as complete entities (it is thus not reductionist in its philosophy), by introducing changes into these processes (which is where the 'action' bit comes in) and by observing the effects of these changes, which will often be described in the manner of a qualitative analysis and from an idiographic perspective.