Hello – I am sorry for the radio silence. Since January 2013 I have been working on a number of interesting design, innovation and ethnographic research projects. This has been keeping me very busy and unfortunately has not left me much time to keep Research Methods up to date. You can find out more about the projects I am working on at Experience Research and Consulting Limited (do let me know if you need a hand with any ethnographic research, design or innovation projects). I have started a series of interviews with designers, innovators and entrepreneurs and the role which user research plays in the projects they work on. Have a peek here. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter.
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Life unplugged – Phillip Vannini, professor and Canada Research Chair in public ethnography at the school of communication and culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C in Canada is carrying out research into people living off the grid.
As a researcher the one element during a research project which causes me to worry the most is recruiting participants. Are we going to be able to recruit participants for the study? I suppose this is to do with the fact that it is virtually out of my control. How do I minimise my level of worry / stress:
Work with a good participant recruitment agency
Speak with the recruitment agency even before you have won the project to get their input in terms of the difficulty or ease of recruiting participants from market segment ‘x’ will be
Work closely with the client to develop the screener
Allow enough time in the project timetable
I can’t emphasise point 4.0 enough ‘allow enough time in the project timetable to recruit participants’