Within Action Enquiry, we collect data via interview, client resilience stories, and from academic and non-academic literature analysis. The major idea of Action Enquiry and particularly the sub-method we adopt called Cooperative Inquiry, is to “research ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ people.” It emphasises that all active participants are fully involved in research decisions as co-researchers.
We co-analyse the data using grounded theory methods. This ground-up, emergent process iteratively searches for the most common themes and patterns within all of the data. Once the data is coded against these themes, the iterative process continues to oust any further, secondary connections. The method allows for multiple sources of data in different formats, and ensures a fresh perspective, independent of any pre-determined hypothesis or bias.