From our own experience we know how effective and energising Appreciative Inquiry can be. I would like to see more peer-reviewed research to prove its effectiveness to people who haven’t yet experienced AI first-hand.
Peer review is important, because it acts as quality control and increases the likelihood that you can trust the research methods and the findings they lead to.
There doesn’t seem to be much around, even on the Appreciative Inquiry Commons site where a search on ‘research’ doesn’t pull up much apart from PhD theses and dissertations.
One welcome exception is the website of Ray Calabrese, Professor of Educational Administration at Ohio State University. His Research page has a list of peer-reviewed articles on the use of Appreciative Inquiry in the education sector, including:
You can follow Ray on Twitter: @osuaiperson
If you know of any other peer-reviewed research into (or using) Appreciative Inquiry, please share it by commenting on this blog or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!