Appreciative inquiry

Appreciative inquiry means enquiring into subjects or organisations with a focus on what can be appreciated (i.e. valued) in them; 'accentuate the positive'.

The key question of appreciative enquiry is 'what is working well?' rather than 'what are the problems?'. Having identified these strengths, the appreciative enquiry then seeks to build and magnify them, a process which in turn will reduce or eliminate the negative.