La indagación apreciativa (IA) es un enfoque orientado al cambio organizacional que se enfoca en las fortalezas antes que en las debilidades, y por lo tanto difiere en gran medida de muchos enfoques evaluativos que se centran en las carencias y los problemas.
Claremont Evaluation Center's Professional Development Workshop Series in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods
"Since it was conceptualized in the late 1980s as a research methodology and change paradigm, the technique of ‘appreciative inquiry’ (AI) has proved to be highly effective for capturing the positive features of an organization or social system and energizing the members to strive for higher levels of performance. This Brief outlines the basic principles and methods of AI, describes various domains in which it has been undertaken and provides a recent example of its use in a centre affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)."
Source: Acousta & Douthwaite 2005, Appreciative Inquiry: An approach for learning and change based on our own best practices
These Powerpoint slides are from a workshop by Hallie Preskill at the 2007 Summer Institute of the American Evaluation Association and the Centers for Disease Control.
Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to organisational change which focuses on strengths rather than on weaknesses - quite different to many approaches to evaluation which focus on deficits and problems.