ACTION RESEARCH & EVALUATION
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research
During this initiative, ANROWS will host three national workshops on action research, the prevention of gender-based violence and safer pathways for CALD communities to use mainstream services. In partnership with Our Watch, ANROWS is also supporting a Community of Practice to encourage the 26 organisations to build strong networks and regularly share ideas, successes and challenges.
Eighteen projects are focusing on the prevention of violence against women and their children in local communities, and eight projects aim to create safer pathways for women and their children to access mainstream crisis and support services.
The central goal of action research is to create positive change and develop practical solutions to local problems. It offers flexibility and collaboration and contributes to building a body of evidence during the course of everyday work. Action research requires ongoing reflection on project directions and outcomes. It provides organisations with opportunities to adapt and change project activities (if this is required due to changed circumstances or indicated by the information gathered) to ensure that better outcomes are achieved. Action research encourages an open exploration of what is and what is not working and supports innovation without fear of failure.
The CALD PAR initiative builds on lessons learned from the ANROWS Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW) action research initiative that supported 40 projects to develop and implement solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in local communities. The BSCW final report and a compendium of stories can be found on the ANROWS website.
Findings & insights
ANROWS has supported CALD PAR projects to share the findings and insights from their action research through digital stories, project stories, posters and other resources. These creative methods of sharing findings have enabled projects to highlight the diversity, depth and nuance of what works in the prevention of VAW and creating safer pathways to support services for CALD communities. They have enabled projects to both make their findings accessible to the widest audience and to translate their research into further action through creating resources for CALD communities. The digital stories, project stories, posters will be progressively available from August – November, 2019.
Stories that feature empowering and culturally responsive messages about prevention and pathways to support from community leaders, participants and services, produced by the CALD PAR projects.
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Findings from the CALD PAR projects, with insights into their action research processes, key learnings and recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners.Find out more
Find action research related resources that would be helpful to researchers, community workers and others working on action research projects