1.4.6 The Ethnographic Action Research process
In the introduction we defined the development cycle as plan, do, observe, and reflect. We can now look in more detail at the research process which makes up the 'observe and reflect' component.
We can think about this process in the following terms:
Each research activity should follow this process.
There might be more than one research activity happening at any one time.
EAR researchers might be conducting broad research that helps them to understand the wider contexts in which their initiative works, and targeted research that aims at understanding more specific issues or parts of the community. For both types of research activities a researcher must follow the same process, starting with careful planning, followed by the collection of data, organising and analysing that data, and using the findings to feed into developments and plan activities.