This paper reports a conversation between researchers who have engaged in a number of collaborative research efforts (mostly within a critical collaborative Action Research approach) in the last decade of the twentieth century. As they continue their work into the twenty-first century, they reflect on their efforts and ask what they have learned about doing collaborative research. They agree that their efforts have produced understandings and skills about establishing research partnerships and negotiating research agendas. They even declare that they have made advances about the collaborative ways research data can be analysed and interpreted. However, they raise serious questions about the feasibility of maintaining and sustaining research partnerships through a fuller and more complete research cycle which includes both applications of analyses and interpretations in local practice and advocacy within systemic and policy contexts.