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Framework for selecting assistive technology user-participation methods

Framework for selecting assistive technology user-participation methods
Framework for selecting assistive technology user-participation methods
Purpose: A number of participatory research methodologies can be used to assist with developing assistive technologies. These methods vary in the amount that users lead and contribute to the work. Selecting the correct method can be important to ensure the overall success of the project and the engagement of users. This paper explores factors that can impact on the degree of user participation.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper considers whether criteria, that might influence assistive technology selection made during an assessment of need, review or purchasing process, could also be used to clarify the appropriate strategies for user involvement when developing assistive technologies. It outlines how this approach has been applied to two research and development projects which aimed to improve assistive technology provision within niche markets.

Findings: The paper demonstrates that it is possible to apply a decision making process to selecting the best participatory research method, based on factors affecting assistive technology need. it reports on the outcomes of the user participation in the two research and development projects and discusses how this design approach has been applied to a third project.

Originality/value: By examining a possible framework for identifying appropriate user participation approaches, this paper will aid those designing research and development assistive technology projects, whilst encouraging user participation within similar projects.
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Draffan, E.A.
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James, Abi
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Wald, Mike
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Idris, Amal
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Draffan, E.A.
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Wald, Mike
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Idris, Amal
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Draffan, E.A., James, Abi, Wald, Mike and Idris, Amal (2016) Framework for selecting assistive technology user-participation methods. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10 (2), 92-101. (doi:10.1108/JAT-01-2016-0007).

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Abstract

Purpose: A number of participatory research methodologies can be used to assist with developing assistive technologies. These methods vary in the amount that users lead and contribute to the work. Selecting the correct method can be important to ensure the overall success of the project and the engagement of users. This paper explores factors that can impact on the degree of user participation.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper considers whether criteria, that might influence assistive technology selection made during an assessment of need, review or purchasing process, could also be used to clarify the appropriate strategies for user involvement when developing assistive technologies. It outlines how this approach has been applied to two research and development projects which aimed to improve assistive technology provision within niche markets.

Findings: The paper demonstrates that it is possible to apply a decision making process to selecting the best participatory research method, based on factors affecting assistive technology need. it reports on the outcomes of the user participation in the two research and development projects and discusses how this design approach has been applied to a third project.

Originality/value: By examining a possible framework for identifying appropriate user participation approaches, this paper will aid those designing research and development assistive technology projects, whilst encouraging user participation within similar projects.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 March 2016
Published date: June 2016
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 396273
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/396273
PURE UUID: 19bc65c1-fec3-42df-9262-a47066438ff6

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Date deposited: 08 Jun 2016 10:13
Last modified: 10 Jan 2018 05:22

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Author: E.A. Draffan
Author: Abi James
Author: Mike Wald
Author: Amal Idris

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