ANALYZING PARTICIPATORY DESIGN
As you begin piloting your activity, consider in what way you’ll capture your data.
Normalization should happen during the research, not after you’re done with it. We
often create custom Excel spreadsheets to record quotes, observations, or ﬁnal
artifacts during the activity in a consistent format. You’ll need to look at:
Spoken quotes from the participant.
Many of these quotes will relate to the
activity, but at points through the
activity they will disengage from it and
share valuable information that didn’t
come up earlier in the research.
Your observations about what the
participants are saying, doing, and
making. Watching the session may
inspire your own design ideas, but be
sure to label them as your hypotheses
and not the participant’s ideas.
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The artifacts that have been created.
You need not only the ﬁnal end state of
what they made for your analysis, but
also photographs of various points in the
activity that show how their thinking may
have evolved throughout the activity.