Research Review and Notes: Appreciative Inquiry, a Lighthouse on a Foggy Path

Healthcare Teams Share Success Stories


In 2015 Sarah O’ Flanagan embarked on an Action Research (AR) project, determined to effect change in the little corner of Irish disability services where she works. A long-awaited reconfiguration of local services was imminent and she was convinced that by working with co-researchers and collaborator colleagues using cycles of AR, they could hasten the implementation and smooth the transition to a new model of service. How wrong could she be?


Author: Sarah O’ Flanagan

Sarah is a senior educational psychologist with the Irish health service, a tutor for the Educational Psychology Programme in University College Dublin (UCD) and has a private practice. Having led teams and projects over two decades, in the public and private sectors, she is interested in how organisations learn, promote collaborative practices and inspire.


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Author: Dr Siobhán Corrigan

Assistant Professor Siobhán Corrigan is Director of the Masters in Managing Risk and System Change and Assistant Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. Siobhán lectures in areas of Organizational Behaviour, Psychology of Work, Leadership, Human Factors and Research Methods and has published widely in her field..


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