After watching the videos and article from this week, we learned about different ways to organize an action research plan. Especially in O'Brien's article about the subject, the plan was detailed and set out. So for instance, in a project like this, the best methodology would be to first understand what the issue is. The issue here as set by the prompt is the "issue of immigrants" in the community based counseling center. After identifying the problem, the next step is to brainstorm ideas to solve the issue, and to find out why there is an increase in the amount of immigrants coming in. Some brainstorm ideas I have on the subject could be things like surveying each new person in the program, and asking them identifying questions like, "where their hometown is", "referral to the center," and other questions like these. If this idea were to be put into effect, it would then be used in the community, and the group of participants would be surveyed. After the plan was put into effect for an extended amount of time, the survey results would be taken, and seen if an answer was reached. Either way if the plan failed or succeeded, reflection of the action is necessary to see if there was any way to better the action plan.
O'Brien Rory. An Overview of the Methodological Approach. 1998.