ANROWS's Resources Database contains a comprehensive collection of sector specific resources.
This page contains action research related resources that would be helpful to researchers, community workers and others working on action research projects.
Action research projects template
Action Research Primer - A how-to guide to planning and implementing an action research project.
Action research project story template - template and explanatory webinar discussing the use of narratives and storying to report and share findings of action research.
Action research methodology
ANROWS webinar: Action research tips and technical tricks
This webinar is led by Dr Peta Cox, Senior Research Officer with ANROWS. She provides an excellent starting point for coming to grips with literature reviews, with specific advice about how practitioners working outside academia might undertake research. Topics discussed include: 1) What is a literature review? 2) Academic literature searching outside the academy. 3) Finding full text for free. 4) Writing carefully. 5) Cautious data analysis.
Using measurement for making meaning with action research
This webinar presents an opportunity for projects to ask questions and discuss issues relating to measurement of outcomes- particularly in relation to quantitative data. The webinar is presented by ANROWS staff members, Dr Peta Cox, Senior Research Officer (Research Program) and Violeta Politoff, Senior Research Officer (National Community Attitudes Survey).
Measurement and evaluation
Evaluating Victorian projects for the primary prevention of violence against women : a concise guide (1.6 MB) A guide to planning, conducting and sharing the results of project evaluations
Download Web links on analysis.pdf (521.6 KB) Links to advice on data analysis, qualitative inquiry and collective impact.
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated May 2015) Developed jointly by National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Research Council Australian Vice -Chancellors’ Committee
Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies 2012 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Keeping research on track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council
Information and links to support services for women and their children experiencing violence, available in all jurisdictions.
See below for links to a range of other useful websites
Interviewing techniques and questions
- Creating good interview and survey questions – Purdue University On-line Writing Lab
- Interviewing Techniques – Purdue University On-line Writing Lab
- Strategies for Qualitative Interviews - Harvard University Department of Sociology. Includes discussion of recording and transcribing interviews, characteristics of a successful interviewer, and guidelines for developing interview questions.
- Designing Interview Questions – Research Observatory, University of the West of England. Describes and provides examples of nine different types of question.
Surveys and questionnaires
- Surveying - Purdue University On-line Writing Lab
- Tip sheet on question wording – Harvard University Program on Survey Research
- Designing a Survey – Science Buddies. Includes example of strong and weak questions, and questionnaire layout tips.
- Observing - Purdue University On-line Writing Lab
- Observation – Qualitative Research Guidelines Project. Includes participant and non-participant observation, when to use observation, using video or audio recording, making field notes, and the benefits of observing.
- Non-Participant Observation – Better Evaluation. Includes a description of the method, its limitations, and advice for its use.
- Participant Observation - Better Evaluation. Includes a description of the method and advice for its use.
Online survey tools
- Survey Monkey – questionnaires with up to ten questions are free; web-based, no software download required
- LimeSurvey – free software for downloading or develop your own web-based survey
Other useful sites
- Research in Action: A Guide to Best Practice in Participatory Action Research. Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra
- Action Research and Action Learning for Community and Organisational Change – Essential action research site that proves that good information
never goes out of style
- Borderlands Cooperative. An "independent network for holistic community development, activism, sustainability and action research"
- What is action research? From Guiding school improvement with action research(Ch. 1), by Richard Sagor. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
- Bystander interventions in violence prevention - Australian Human Rights Commission