Rigor, relevance and impact: the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild

Can Liu, Hamed S. Alavi, Enrico Costanza, Shumin Zhai, Wendy Mackay, Wendy Moncur

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Abstract

As an interdisciplinary field, CHI embraces multiple research methods, ranging from controlled lab experiments to field studies in homes and communities. While quantitative research in the lab emphasizes the scientific rigor of hypothesis testing; qualitative research in the wild focuses on the understanding of the context of technologies in use, and each type of research has a correspondingly different kind of impact. This panel invites researchers with varied backgrounds to talk about the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild, with respect to scientific rigor, real-world relevance and impact. The goal is to enhance mutual understanding among researchers with diverse goals, values and practices within the CHI community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsStephen Brewster, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Anna Cox, Vassilis Kostakos
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
EventCHI 2019: Weaving the Threads of CHI - Glasgow SEC, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 May 20195 May 2019
https://chi2019.acm.org/

Conference

ConferenceCHI 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period5/05/195/05/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • impact
  • reserch in the lab
  • research in the wild
  • research methods

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    Liu, C., Alavi, H. S., Costanza, E., Zhai, S., Mackay, W., & Moncur, W. (2019). Rigor, relevance and impact: the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild. In S. Brewster, G. Fitzpatrick, A. Cox, & V. Kostakos (Eds.), CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [panel 04]. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3311744