Action Research Proposal Table of Contents
a one-sentence answer for each question, and then combine them into one
the purpose of your research?
the context of this problem?
the scope of this research? How many people, departments, and so on, will be
measured or affected?
AR cycles of discovery, measurable action, and reflection were included?
research questions do you hope to answer?
outcomes do you hope to effect with your actions?
the stakeholders for your project?
contribution do you expect this research to make to yourself, your organization,
and your field?
to three paragraphs on the context of the problem. Include literature citations
as appropriate. Back up your ideas whenever possible with data. Cite and
reference all data sources.
to three paragraphs explaining the local context. Help the reader understand
the issues as experienced locally, as well as the importance of the research. The local context refers to what is currently
going on with the issue. Back up the
explanations with citations and references from the literature. Use data to
quantify your ideas, and cite and reference data sources.
to six paragraphs describing your relationship to and part in this research.
Answer the following questions:
your relationship to the organization where you will be conducting the
permissions are needed for data collection and analysis? From whom do you need
to get permission?
Have you already collected those
change you hope to effect be better served with the ongoing support of a team?
If so, will you be
gathering a team to conduct PAR? If so,
describe the composition of your team, their roles, how often they
will meet, and a timeline for the completion
of the project.
your personal history in relation to the issue you will be studying and, if a
PAR project, your
personal history with the other
one to four questions you would like to begin to answer:
new information is needed?
new data is needed?
new types of actions are needed?
beginning paragraph about the proven efficacy of AR, and then answer the
following questions under subheadings relating to each step in the cycle. Each
section will likely be three to eight paragraphs with citations and references
from the literature, data from your local context, and explanations as
discovery questions do you need answered prior to taking action toward your
a. What data will be examined?
research will be needed, and what tools will be used?
a. What other sources of data may be
required, and how will they be gathered?
the purpose of your measurable actions.
a. What do you hope to accomplish? (To what
extent does this accomplishment need to impact humans?)
archival data exists, and how will you secure access or permission to use it?
baseline data is needed, how do you plan to gather it, and from whom?
stakeholders will need to be considered?
a. What forms of data will be most
convincing to them?
there be a population from whom you may have to collect data in order to show
relative efficacy of your
steps? If so, how will you take steps to include a representative sample?
if anyone, will be employed to help determine the efficacy of your data
collection and analysis of
your action steps?
your reflective tools.
a. How often and under what circumstances
will you employ them?
2. Who, if
anyone, will be employed to help determine the efficacy of your reflections?
will you record the cycles and your determination of next steps?
DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
data source will you gather your data from (organizations, companies, etc.)?
will you gather your data from?
a. How will they be recruited
(individually, as a group)?
b. What is their working relationship to
types of data analysis will you engage (Qualitative interviews, surveys,
reflective learning, etc.)?
will be included as subjects?
2. In what
manner will their data be gathered and recorded?
will you ensure confidentiality of their responses?
will you ensure the safety of your data?
are the risks and benefits to the subjects for participation in your research?
do you hope to accomplish?
many cycles of AR do you anticipate engaging in?
section is used to convince your reader that your expected results are
reasonable. Back up the previous section with a short discussion from research
literature, literature on the issue you are studying, or on AR literature.
1. If it
is not within your time limitations to fully answer all your research
questions, what do you hope to accomplish?
are the remaining questions, and how will you address them? Over what period of
APA-formatted references for all authors, works, and data cited herein.
documentation as needed such as surveys, assessments, letters, interview
questions, data log, artifacts etc.