Publications

One of our main purposes is to educate and share learning in methods, evaluation and research. Our work on real world problems that impact on real people gives us unique insights into the importance of action research and real world evaluation. We try to disseminate learning and improve practice through our publications.

From Sustainable Community to Big Society: 10 Years Learning with the Imagine Approach

Abstract: Community is a key word in the current UK political vocabulary. As part of Big Society or as a sustainable means to develop social coherence, community has been an area of focus that has attained UK political party interest since 2003. In 1999, the Imagine method was first hinted at in the Earthscan book: […]

How People Use Rich Pictures to Help Them Think and Act

Abstract: Groups of all kinds are complex organisations. To understand them and to facilitate them in process terms is a matter of rich and diverse discourse in varied fields from sustainable development to coastal ecology; from bandwidth in rural communities to health service provision. How to allow groups to discourse, problem solve and review their […]

Triple Task Method: Systemic, Reflective Action Research

Abstract: This brief article introduces a new methodology for systemic action research — Triple Task (TT) — and sets out its rationale and initial progress in becoming an embedded method for group working. Arising from the authors previous work with soft systems approaches, the Imagine method for sustainable development assessment and action research in a […]

An Approach to Comparing External and Internal Methods for Analyzing Group Dynamic

Abstract: Beginning with the question, can a multimethodology explore the nature of group work from both the inside out (group participant self-analysis) and the outside in (facilitator observed analysis), this study presents the results of a statistical analysis comparing 2 different approaches to assessing group function: SYMLOG (A SYstem for the Mul- tiple Level Observation […]

Rich Pictures: Sustainable Development and Stakeholders – The Benefits of Content Analysis

Abstract: This paper concerns the interpretation of pictures that stakeholders draw in order to help them structure and understand complex situations. The pictures in question are called Rich Pictures (RPs) and the matter at the heart of interpretation is insight drawn from eduction (drawing forth). Insights relate to stakeholders of all kinds, be they the […]

Towards Understanding Problem Structuring and Groups with Triple Task Methodology ‘e’

Abstract: The many issues which confront Problem Structuring Groups (PSGs) engaging in applying problem structuring methods (PSMs) are well reported in the literature. Often group problem structuring work is well organised around an array of processes and methods which has received wide-ranging testing in the field however, the assessment of the group in terms of […]