Professor Yoland Wadsworth

Yoland is one of Australia’s pioneers in the use of integral and transformative social research and evaluation methodologies in health, human and community services, including the use of action research, dialogic, participatory and ‘whole systems’ inquiry.

Adjunct Professor Yoland Wadsworth has recently completed a final methodology book about her transdisciplinary theory of inquiry as the dynamic for life and for health and human services formation and change in particular, entitled Building in Research and Evaluation: Human inquiry for living systems (Allen & Unwin, Sydney 2010; also internationally through Routledge, London 2011). The resources website for this book is

Yoland is also author of Australia’s best-selling research and evaluation texts – Do It Yourself Social Research and Everyday Evaluation on the Run (both 3e Allen & Unwin 2011, with over 50,000 copies; now also available internationally through Routledge, London 2011). She authored the influential Knox Project early childhood services community studies in the 1970s, and with Maggie McGuiness and Merinda Epstein the 1980s-1990s acute psychiatric services’ staff-consumer collaborative evaluation studies ‘Understanding, Anytime’, ‘U&I: Understanding and Involvement’ and The Essential U&I (VicHealth, 2001). She is also the chief investigator of the long-running narrative action evaluation (NEAR) project, a partnership of the Department of Health, North and West Metropolitan Region with RMIT University and the University of Melbourne.

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