Action Research Project

Over the past year or so Inclusive NZ has been looking at how we can build an evidence base that demonstrates what employment, participation and inclusion services do.

The Action Research Project gives us the opportunity to answer these questions by undertaking a short research project and sharing our learnings with one another. It also provides an avenue for self-reflection around the work we do!

What is Action Research?

Action Research is an accessible research methodology which focuses on ACTION (or change) and RESEARCH (our understanding) at the same time. There are five steps to the action research project which we have outlined in the diagram below:

 Question - Data - Analyse - Act - EvaluateWho can take part?


You can be a staff member of an organisation, a service user, a family member or another person of an organisation interested in inclusive practice.

Research can be carried out by individuals, or as a collaborative (e.g. with a few members of a team, or by the organisation as a whole or perhaps by joining forces with another organisation).

 How will it work?

  1. Pick a topic that is of interest to you or the organisation you work for
  2. Register you project with Inclusive NZ. Download the registration form here.
  3. Undertake the research
  4. Share your findings in the format of your choice at the Inclusive NZ Action Conference (October 30 – 31st 2017).

Try it. Evaluate it. Share it.

How will we support you?

Once you have registered your project with us, you will have access to a wide variety of resources that might come in handy while undertaking your research project!

Resources include:

  • An in-depth How to Guide to help get you started
  • An Action Research Project Plan Template to guide the research process
  • Webinars (eg: How to use Survey Monkey, Research Ethics, Interview Skills 101)
  • Regular Action Research E-newsletter
  • Access to Research Mentors and Facilitators
  • Communities of Practice

We will be adding further resources and support to help you all throughout your project. So, keep checking back in with this page for all the latest updates!

Research Grants Available

We are pleased to announce that we have a number of study grants (of up to $1000) for people participating in this project!

To find out if you’re eligible and how to apply please click here to find out more.

Gain a qualification by taking part in the Action Research Project!

Our colleagues at Careerforce have introduced a new Level 4 qualification called Certificate in First Line Management for the Social, Health and Hygiene sectors.  The programme structure is very similar to our Action Research process, which provides you with the opportunity to get a qualification by taking part in the Action Research project!

The qualification supports team leaders, supervisors and co-ordinators to develop key leadership skills by managing projects, supporting teams and developing leadership styles.  This is a great opportunity to develop and foster the leadership skills within your teams and undertake a project that benefits your organisation.  Further information can be found in the course information flyer.

If you are interested in learning more please contact your Careerforce Regional Workplace Advisor.

Why should you get involved?

As well as being part of something that adds value to the work we do you will also get to:

  • Try new ways of working
  • Test ideas and evaluate them
  • Engage teams in developing their practice
  • Improve your skills in evidence gathering and evaluation.
  • Gain experience in using a straight-forward, practical methodology

Want to know more?

We would love to have you and/or your team on board, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (04) 384 2000 or email: [email protected] if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!