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A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

October 2008 | 316 pages | SAGE India
SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement represents a groundbreaking international effort to support the creation and mobilization of practical, authentic knowledge for social change. The guiding principle behind SAS2 (Social Analysis Systems, is that group dialogue and social inquiry are crucial for local and global development. Social issues must be addressed socially and in a multistakeholder mode, not by private interests and experts alone, and the insights that emerge must be fully integrated into processes of knowledge production, planning, and decision-making.

Part 1 outlines the concepts and skillful means needed to support multistakeholder dialogue and engagement. It also provides detailed instructions on how to integrate and ground collaborative inquiry in the projects, plans, evaluations and activities of multiple stakeholders. Part 2 presents a selection of techniques for collaborative inquiry and examples of real-life applications in South Asia and Latin America. The examples focus on a range of issues including land tenure, local economic development, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and organizational development.

This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, consultants, facilitators and activists working with people to solve problems and support inclusive inquiry and decision-making. It will also be useful to scholars and academics studying and teaching participatory action research in the social sciences.

Foreword P V Satheesh
Foundations and Skillful Means  
Social Analysis and All-Purpose Techniques  
Process Management  
Guidelines for SAS2 Events and Process Design  
Monitoring and Evaluation  
SAS2 Facilitation and Active Listening  
Writing Guidelines  
Workshop and Self-Study Guidelines  
A R T (Action-Research-Training)  
Order and Chaos :  
Problem Tree  
Force Field  
Gaps and Conflicts  
Causal Dynamics  
Stakeholder Identification  
Social Analysis CLIP (Collaboration, Conflict, Legitimacy, Interests, Power)  
Social Domain  
VIP (Values, Interests and Positions)  
Ideal Scenario  
Option Domain  
Competing Goals  
Role Dynamics  
Levels of Support  
The Wheel  
Conclusions and Acknowledgements  

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