Action Research Study

Action research by its very nature is participatory and should allow all interested parties to participate in voicing their opinions, concerns, or ideas. Survey creation is often an attractive method by which to collect information from groups of people (though it is not the only method). Since action research is often less formalized than other types of research, survey creation can be more casual and conversational. The goal is for teams or groups to collect enough information from the surveys that they can then begin the next phases of action research: interpreting and implementing.

In this Assignment, you develop a survey that could be used in an action research project.

To Prepare

Imagine that you are implementing a well-being program for the staff at the human or social services organization at which you currently work or one at which you might work in the future. Consider how you might use an open-ended survey to determine the needs for this program.

The Assignment (1–2 pages):

  • Briefly describe the human or social services organization (real or hypothetical) for which you are creating your survey.
  • Create a 10-item, open-ended question survey that you could use to determine the needs for a well-being program for the staff.
  • Briefly explain why you selected each question for the survey.
  • Finally, describe the medium you would use to deliver the survey.
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