A mobile diary study uses a portable device to capture a person’s experience. Participants create their entries in the context of their location, on their mobile device, capturing the ‘moment of truth’.
1. Gather your team and define the purpose of your study within the larger research question.
2. Decide on a group of individuals (between 5-10) you would like to study.
3. Make a plan of the type of data you want to collect, taking into account the moment that participants are more likely to submit it with the device.
4. Choose the most suitable platform and write out the automated messages to participants.
5. Make sure your participants are set up to make the entries, provide them with brief and clear instructions.
6. Follow the incoming data during the set period and x hiccups or technical problems in time.
7. Digest the data and set up a new team meeting in which you go through the most interesting data together.
This method is typically used at the beginning of the research process.
Capture data and insights from an individual or group to assess actions, activities, timing of events, habits, behaviours and emotions.
Make sure the technology works well and is easy to use.
People’s real-life experiences, in diary form.
Use the insights to identify interesting insights and adopt them in your project.
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