Research in Organisations and Communities: Tales from the Real World

By Carole Kayrooz; Chris Trevitt | Go to book overview

15
The INFORMATION
REVIEW

There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.
(Goethe)

Goethe's comment is particularly relevant for research in organisations and communities because the outcomes have the potential to affect many peoples lives. How well informed were the researchers when they were designing and conducting their research in the case studies?

The researchers in two of the case studies reported that they carried out an information (or literature) review before embarking on their studies. In the equity case study, the researchers reviewed government reports and academic journal articles to help determine the critical dimensions of the study. In the community aged care case study, the researchers prepared a brief literature review on care packages and noted some criticisms on how these packages could increase loneliness and isolation. They also noted from the literature that the packages could cause an intolerable burden on carers who need to cope 24 hours a day. This review of information sources was then critically collated into a proposal and submitted to the organisation and community for endorsement. (For a copy of this proposal, see Chapter 16.) Although information reviews were not explicitly reported in the other case studies, it is highly likely that they were carried out, and very probable that they were incorporated into a proposal for organisational or community approval.

But why do we need to review information sources and how do we go about it? How do the information reviews then become incorporated into a proposal? Information reviews reveal the significance and depth of knowledge of a topic.

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