This article draws on field reports and education theory to: 1. Describe a dynamic in communities living with repercussions of historic events; 2. Describe the potential of action research to overcome this dynamic; and 3. Interpret data from a recent action research initiative. Findings suggest these communities may be defined by their capacity to imagine a better future, that this capacity may be enhanced by action research initiatives, and that this capacity is measurable. These findings offer Extension professionals a quantifiable construct that will allow them to document community need, evaluate results, and generate support for action research initiatives.
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Thering, S. (2007). A Practical Theory-Based Approach to Action-Research in Survivor Communities. The Journal of Extension, 45(2), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss2/5