Sharing co-​design methods and tools for engagement, this event aimed to develop Early Career Researchers’ (ECR) capabilities in carrying out Action Research with communities, and stimulate discussion and debate around the academic and societal impact of these approaches. Through this, delegates took part in a series of paper presentations, discussions and creative workshops to enrich their understanding and application of Action Research in community settings. Featuring presentations from the wider Leapfrog team, the Summer School also welcomes a series of international speakers including Professor Irene McAra-​McWilliam OBE, Professor Rachel Cooper OBE, Professor Eva Brandt, Dr Cathy Sharp, Dr Kristina Lindström, and Dr Åsa Ståhl, who delivered keynotes and lightning talks across the event. Areas of discussion included: • Action research, participation, and co-​production with communities • Design-​led methods and tools in Action Research • Relationships, power, and ethics • Engaging with diverse and minority communities • Moving across disciplinary boundaries • Case studies of research with the public, private, and third sector • Innovative research outputs; collaborative evaluation and dissemination • The value, impact, legacies, and sustainability of these approaches • Building your professional research network This program of activities offered an inspirational and supportive space for a select network of ECRs to exchange insights on broader aspects of research and career development, including approaches to generating research questions, writing research bids, and dissemination to diverse public audiences, and to consider how they might work together in the future. For further information please contact Cara Broadley, Leapfrog Research Associate, on c.​broadley@​gsa.​ac.​uk

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A personal perspective on the delegates’ presentations during Leapfrog Summer School

It has been just over a month since we met in Forres to participate in the Leapfrog Summer School dedicated to Action Research (AR), Engagement and Co-​​design. For me, the event …

Action Research – (humble) inquiry for better times

I was delighted to be asked to give a keynote to the Leapfrog Summer School in Forres. Since my first tentative steps into action research in 2001, my experience has largely …

Overall experience of the Summer School

Leapfrog Summer School was a well-​​designed and an inspirational event. I could notice the friendly atmosphere created by leapfrog team, from the introduction of activities and receptive announcements to the physical environment. …

Action Research Summer School Day 1 — What is Action Research?

The Leapfrog Action Research Summer School got off to a great start on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at Horizon Scotland, current home to the Glasgow School of Art Institute of Design. …

Summer School Day 2 — Making a Difference Through Action Research

During the Summer School, we spent the week discussing and debating about what is action research, sharing participatory and co-​​design methods and various tools, ideas researchers use and adapt to …

Summer School Day 3 — Engaging with Communities through Action Research

The final day of the Summer School started with a keynote titled Empowering Communities through Design Research from Irene McAra-​​McWilliam who is the head of the School of Design at Glasgow …

Really Doing Action Research

In this presentation I wanted to place the focus on the research component of action research. Somewhat surprisingly this is an often neglected in action research projects. It is quite possible …