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A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

First Edition

November 2008 | 316 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
SAS2 Social Analysis Systems offers a new approach to creating and using knowledge for the common good. Its purpose is to broaden and deepen the range of concepts, tools, and transferable skills to support dialogue and democratic engagement in the sphere of knowledge.

The materials presented in the guide support a shift towards flexibly-structured processes to engage people in inquiry sustained by experience, adapted to context, and responsive to important needs. This approach bridges the gap between conventional inquiry based on 'hard evidence' and participatory methods that emphasize 'building consensus' at any cost.

Key Features
  • Provides original and transferable skills for collaborative inquiry and social engagement
  • Presents grounded and theoretically informed conceptual foundations integrating perspectives from many disciplines and theoretical orientations
  • Offers clear writing and mapping of information in a straight forward guide
  • Includes authentic examples of the application of techniques in developing country contexts


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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