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Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Change

If you’ve heard the phrase “appreciative inquiry” and you haven’t learned much more, this fact sheet is a good place to begin. Its author, Edwin C. Thomas, is the Director of the Governmental Research and Service Unit at the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Research. This document is easy to read and will provide you a thorough background of the development of the approach and its application in the real-world.

Capacity for Health has used appreciative inquiry to assess staff knowledge, skills, and confidence at community based organizations and health departments. Please contact us to learn more about appreciative inquiry and how it might help advance your work.


Media Type: Document

Appreciative Inquiry Fact Sheet

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