Yoland Wadsworth Event

‘Living Systems Inquiry’

Action research for strategic change

A free presentation and discussion seminar, funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Yoland Wadsworth
Glasgow, Scotland
10:30am–12:00pm – Presentation
1:30–3:30pm – Discussion seminar
Monday 19 November 2012


What is this about?

The notion of 'living systems' brings a completely different dimension to traditional approaches to research, evaluation, policy-making and practice in general.  Using an action research backbone, this approach offers a deeper way of understanding and explaining ‘how things are’ and the pathways to ‘how things might (otherwise better) be’, and how to get there.  It can help explain why individuals and institutions seem unable to change even when they want to and offers a practical sequence of questions that helps inquiry go ‘full cycle’.

The Presentation

Prof. Wadsworth will outline the ‘living systems’ approach in the morning session, with ample time for interaction and for questions from the floor.  In the afternoon, there will be opportunity for a more in depth, small group session, with more time to develop practical strategies for implementing this approach for research and change.  Numbers in the afternoonsession will be limited to 30, so register early!


Who is it for?

Practitioners, researchers, academics and students in the social sciences, health, development, and community sectors.

Who is Yoland Wadsworth?

Yoland Wadsworth is a research and evaluation practitioner, methodology theorist and author who has worked for government and community organisations in health, community and human services over the past 38 years.  She pioneered in Australia the use of critical collaborative community research in the 1970s; consumer–staff participation in dialogic evaluation in the 1980s, and ‘whole systems’ culture change and quality improvement using multi-stakeholder participatory inquiry in the 1990s.

She has managed three action research resource centres over twenty five years; held senior government roles in research and policy, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, (Victoria, Australia); co-founded the Health Issues Centre and the Australian Women’s Health Network; and been a recipient of multiple national evaluation awards.
She is a 1995 Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society, and life member of the international Action Learning Action Research Association.

Yoland is Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, Honorary Principal Fellow in the McCaughey VicHealth Centre, University of Melbourne, and Distinguished Fellow of the Action Research Center, University of Cincinnati.


How to register

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N2P9GXG to register for this FREE event.  There are options to register for both morning and afternoon sessions.  Numbers in the afternoon session will be limited to 30 and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so register early! 

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