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Young women taking part in a research exercise in Cambodia

ActionAid's feminist research guidelines


Research is one of our strongest tools for external engagement, impact and programme learning. Research products are key to bringing about shifts in power that will ensure that women and young people living in poverty and exclusion secure their rights. The research process in and of itself can be a transformative process; since collaboratively reflecting on power is itself an activist pedagogy.

This guidance note aims to support ActionAid staff and partners and those interested in how ActionAid does, or commissions, feminist research. It accompanies our ActionAid Research Signature and Strategy and is a set of ideas for conducting feminist research that is rooted in our feminist principles and mission and supports ActionAid’s change objectives.

The research guidelines and supporting summaries were updated in November 2021.