Today we finished up going through a few books of design research methods, for our research method analysis. We are looking at and analyzing the existing methods in an effort to understand what methods or combination of methods would be most useful for our project.
Therefore, we have organized the tools we found into the categories:
– emotional probes
– understanding existing ecology
– representing and analyzing data
– possible future solutions and ideas
– overarching methods
We chose these categories specific to learning about the context of gun safety. Through categorizing the methods in this way, we have begun to brainstorm scenarios for how the methods can be used.
– there are many small groups or individuals, both volunteers and employed, trying to improve gun safety in Pittsburgh; but they are decentralized and are not working together; they don’t have enough resources to do own research
– each group/individual has its own agenda, even if they’re all working on “gun safety” some are more concerned with kids, some with law, etc.
– many are reliant on data that’s far distanced from the people that are affected; they lack data focused on behavior and perception
We conducted a phone interview with an employee at a Pittsburgh foundation focusing on racial justice issue. The project she is currently working on is focused on the Child Access Protection law.
Keywords: research, narratives, child access protection law, analysis
Key points from our conversation
– finds quantitative data from external groups or universities that have the money and resources to put into these types of studies; NRA cut off a lot of research; there are not many people doing research in this area; the foundation doesn’t do it’s own research
– for narratives, she does google word searches to find stories; these are mostly about post shooting experiences
– she analyzes information herself, not a formalized process but based from the perspective of their mission to work on racial justice issues; she then looks at common factors within studies
– NRA is the only group that has guns as their top priority, for others guns is secondary to things like health, education, etc.; it’s difficult to make guns number one issue for people
– role of gender within households is a key issue
– data gaps: injury information, data focused on behavior and perception
Ideas for improvement:
– male as advocate for locking up gun safely among friends
– women have law behind them to talk to male gun owner
– if men were convinced they could still have quick access to a locked gun, they might do it
Specifically, we are looking at developing a strategy for change agents to better understand the perceptions of stakeholders within the community. We are focusing on helping change agents gather qualitative information to unveil root causes of issues related to guns in Pittsburgh affecting 0-20 year olds. Our objective is to look at the stories, ideas, and information coming from the relevant stakeholders because quantitative data alone doesn’t seem to reveal social implications and the areas that may need problem solving in a holistic way. Therefore, we are first investigating what processes for qualitative data collection are currently in place for us to better understand any gaps or needs that exist.
We will be looking at opportunity areas through investigation for this strategy (currently expressed as a design research tool), create the tool, develop communication strategies to teach and facilitate the use of the tool along with the design and implementation strategy of making use of the data collected with the tool (debrief/analysis/synthesis phase).