Appreciative inquiry (AI) is an organizational development method grounded in social constructionist theory that engages stakeholders in an inquiry into their collective strengths, assets, and what is working as a precursor to identifying what they want more of and how to achieve that. It has proven to be a popular and successful transformational change approach. Some researchers advocate its use as a participatory evaluation method under certain conditions, particularly when there is a desire to improve a program or process. This entry describes first the theory and practice of AI and then its use as a method of evaluation.
AI was originally developed in the mid-1980s by David Cooperrider, Frank Barrett, Ron Fry, and Suresh Srivastva of the Organizational Behavior Department at Case Western Reserve ...
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