What is an Enquiry

In the Cardijn Community Australia (CCA) context, an “enquiry” refers to a structured process of investigation and reflection undertaken by members to better understand the realities young workers face in their social and work environments. Enquiries serve as a foundational aspect of the “See” step in the “See, Judge, Act” method.

CCA members actively engage with the question/issue during an enquiry to gather information about the question/issue. This may involve conducting interviews, surveys, group discussions, or other forms of research to gather firsthand insights into the question/issue.

The purpose of an enquiry is multi-faceted:

  1. Understanding: Enquiries help members develop a deeper understanding of the specific issues.
  2. Analysis: Through gathering information and reflecting on the data collected, members can analyse the root causes of the question/issue. This analysis helps inform the subsequent steps of the “See, Judge, Act” method.
  3. Empowerment: Enquiries empower CCA members to voice their concerns, share their experiences, and actively participate in social change.

Overall, enquiries play a crucial role in informing the actions and advocacy efforts of the CCA, ensuring that they are grounded in the lived realities and guided by principles of solidarity, justice, and Christian values.

For more information about the Enquiry method, read:

The Enquiry Method 1965

Reflections on the Enquiry.