Practice Based Action Research
Four unique research projects emerged.
- The nature of the networks that enable women from refugee backgrounds living in regional Australia to access sustainable employment from the perspective of the lived experience of women from refugee backgrounds was described (Whitaker, Hughes, & Rugendyke, 2018).
- The study which provided the foundation for this toolkit examined the practices of staff as a feature of program design (Whitaker, Hughes, & Rugendyke, 2021)
- Art exhibitions were documented in the book Stories to freedom: Women’s journeys of empowerment (Hughes, Rugendyke, & Whitaker, 2019) and the influence of community arts on well-being were examined further in a journal article (Hughes, Rugendyke, & Whitaker, 2021)
- Threads to Freedom: skills and connections for a better life (Rugendyke, Whitaker, & Hughes, 2020) examined the potential for social enterprises.
In brief, as the program manager said at the time:
“… the cross-institutional thing has been fantastic. … I think we often work in a very prescriptive way, we’re normally having to tailor our work to a contract or a funding agreement that we have with government and so we, the royal we, NGOs traditionally are very task based and we don’t do a lot of reflective practice, because sometimes we don’t have time and sometimes because we can’t really afford to go down different avenues. …”