The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry

Cooperative inquiry is based on the work of John Heron and Peter Reason [1].  Using this method it is assumed that each member of the group has a unique contribution to offer, and it is essential that for the outcome to be complete, all members of the group are involved. The process begins by clarifying the purpose of the programme.  A small but comprehensive 'initiating group' identifies the aims, objectives and underlying values of the project, and monitors the process throughout the life of the project. Participants are invited from the local community and networks attached to the host organisation. Care is taken to invite people from across boundaries within society and even within organisations: thus managers and employees are encouraged to attend together, along with teachers and their students, and with care staff and their clients. BCA has used this method throughout its work in the community, especially working with people [...]