Patterns under active development by the core design team, but not yet ready for broader discussion.
Flower Patterns (46)
As far as possible, take steps to make research and its outputs clear and accessible to everyone. So researchers should use clear language that others can understand, and explains terms that are unusual or complex; practice a commitment to openness in research process, so it can be subjected to scrutiny; and make findings and outputs available to everyone.
Action Research is an approach that studies, incorporates, or contributes to a change in the situation or object being researched. Commonly used in academic disciplines that emphasise practice, such as education research, and by practitioners, it actually incorporates a variety of approaches that focus in some way on change. As such it can be used in Research as Activism, and is related to Participatory Action Research which is a variant of Action Research that conducts research collaboratively. However, unlike these two approaches, Action Research is not necessarily an explicitly politicized research approach. It can, though, be useful to Transition.
Collaborative forms of research, involve all participants working together right from the start of a research project. If questions are mutually agreed, and the design of research is shared, then the research should have a better chance of producing knowledge that is relevant and useful to its context and participants.
APPROACH: Grounded theory is a research approach that develops theory through the cyclical analysis of data (an inductive approach, which contrasts with positivist scientific approaches that set up and then test theory, and then reject or accept it). Its strength is that it allows for the questions asked to change as the research proceeds, theory develops bit by bit, and more is learnt. In this way, the research is made iterative, open and emergent.