Looking for European immigrants living in the Netherlands

Dear visitors of this blog,

For a research project (Tilburg University) I’m looking for European immigrants living in the Netherlands, who are willing to be interviewed about their political participation in the Netherlands. This can be both, online or offline political participation. The interview lasts an hour and you do not need to travel.
If you want to participate or want more information, you can reply to this post or go to the contact page of http://www.filterdesign.nl.

Thanks in advance!

Kind regards

Karin van den Driesche – Filterdesign



‘Mobile work and life’ research blog

This blog shows the results of a university research project called Mobile Work Life Project. Their goal it to know more about how mobile phones are changing our habitual social interactions.
Research questions are:
– What limits should businesses put on mobile phone use for work?
– How can individuals negotiate the work/life collide when using mobile phones?
– What can government do to encourage responsible use of mobile phones?
The project is led by Dr. Sam Ladner.

Watch her presentation on Digital Time: The Smartphone, Digital Calendars Temporal Transformation:

Karin – Filterdesign

Mobile Measurement of Behavior

This is a very interesting talk about the use of mobile devices for doing research in the field, to get insights in (stress) behavior of for example drugs users, smokers or alcoholics by dr. Santosh Kumar of the University of Memphis.

Dr. Santosh Kumar also gives his thoughts on what could happen in 2050 when it comes to mobile uses. For example, a personal lab in the pocket and personal/therapist assistant on the phone. The data from these devices can provide advice to the user.

Mobile Measurement of Behavioral and Social Health at Population Scale:

Karin – Filterdesign

The digital generation and Neuroinformatics

I started this blog because of research projects I conducted concerning education. Main question was how teachers create and use digital  learning materials during their lessons. I think that Brain mapping is an interesting link. Brain mapping is an ongoing project for 15 years on universities around the world. During that time a new field Neuroinformatics emerged. The insights from this field, for example that game playing is reshaping the brain,  have enormous implications for education. In the following small clip Ian Jukes talks about how technologies will influence learning experiences. Ian Jukes – Understanding the Digital Generation:

Karin – Filterdesign

Interviewing – Guide

An earlier post on semi-structured interviews now in english:
In the beginning create the right atmosphere for an informal and pleasant conversation. Get going using an introductory question. “Can you explain how your schedule looks like?” Or “Can you tell us about your current role?” or “How long have you been working for this organization?” Take it from there using the response and begin to focus on the topic of your research question.

– Experience in computing:
Participant: I’m not a computer freak. Didn’t grown up using computers. ”
Question: Can I ask if you use online banking?
Participant: “Yes, yes. I mastered that. Yes. Things like that are fine. ”

– Needs:
Participant: Quite a number of years go by which I find unfortunate. Really, there must be something to make it your own faster. ”
Question: How would you make it your own faster?

– Just briefly summarize what has just been told by the participant, this will work as a kind of restart.
– Ask an example.
– Ask whether and what kind of follow-up actions they undertake.

Many “How?” And “Why?” questions. In a number of processes the “When” question is also important.

Karin – Filterdesign

Qualitative research blogs

– An overview of qualitative research blogs by Merlien Institute. “Merlien Institute is a knowledge facilitation organization dedicated to the advancement of research methodologies and techniques in the social and market research industry.”
– Blog by  Copernicus Consultancy: “Design Research is both an art and a science. Copernicus writes this blog as a communal space for exploring Design Research as a method and a topic.”
– A list of research methods explaining the what and how by Online QDA. “Online QDA is a set of learning materials which address common issues of undertaking qualitative data analysis (QDA) and beginning to use Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages. ”

Karin – Filterdesign