6. Framing Your Study
About Archive Access
The Archive Access option lets you watch the recorded classes from the last time Indi recorded the course. Typically, this will be the class recordings from the previous year.
Archive Access provides a way for you to experience Indi’s course content on your own schedule, without waiting for the next Live class offering.
- Access to previous course recordings: 6 months
- Answer sheets for self-review of homework
- Downloadable slide decks
- Detailed timestamps of recordings
- Examples, exercises + other materials
- Membership in the Slack community
About this course
A research study requires careful choices. This course will help you decide what knowledge your organization needs, the purpose your users have, and the framework for a study. You will bring your knowledge from the other courses in the series to this capstone course, so that together we can set up and pursue your own study.
Yes, framing your study comes first. But in terms of learning how to do this, you need a deeper understanding of the components of this method. So it’s best if you take Listening Deeply and Thinking Styles (or Mental Model Diagrams as Opportunity Maps) first. Check the learning paths chart.
Whether it’s your first research study or your umpteenth, you can always use help clarifying what knowledge goals to aim for.
This course will lead you through the development of your own project framing. The live class sessions will include discussion and exercises meant to help you step through all the decisions. You’ll learn about how many participants to recruit to make sure patterns emerge in qualitative data. We’ll cover thinking styles as audience segmentation, and how you can start with hypothetical thinking styles if your organization doesn’t have them yet. Finding participants for your study is fraught with false leads, so we’ll outline some stronger methods for finding people who truly have a lot of experience with your scope, and who will perform well in a listening session.
When it comes to clarification, your stakeholders can probably use a better grasp on the uses of qualitative and problem space research.
You’ll also learn to show your stakeholders how your study will ultimately guide your product & service strategy. The homework between classes requires that you collaborate with your stakeholders to get the input you need to support them more deeply … because so many stakeholders don’t know how to ask for the knowledge they truly need. This course will help you speak more clearly to your stakeholders about what kind of research you can produce what kind of knowledge will come out of it.
You will learn how to:
- check your philosophy: constructivist, positivist
- clarify your framework: inductive, deductive, abductive
- choose your scope by getting outside the box of your organization
- narrow your scope by choosing a purpose containing rich thought
- find or hypothesize the thinking styles that are a priority
- gather candidates from stronger sources
- filter candidates through spoken screeners
*Pricing Level Details
Regular – When your organization will cover the cost, e.g. your boss is paying
Government/Military/Non-profit – When a government, military, or non-profit organization is covering your education cost
Out-of-Pocket – When you will NOT be reimbursed for the cost by anyone; also use this if you are a member of a union and your boss is not paying
Extreme Currency Exchange – Not in the US? When your purchasing power is at an extreme disadvantage with the US dollar, we have much bigger discounts. We want to include folks in Brazil, India, Ukraine, Russia, Malaysia, etc.
Q & A
Q: When will the archived course be updated with the newest version of the course?
A: Indi updates the archive after each time she teaches the course. Typically this will be about 8 weeks after the Live course start date.
Q: When is the next Live course start date?
Q: If I have questions about the course content, will Indi answer them for me?
A: While Indi may or may not have time to directly answer your questions, asking a question in the Slack community will give Indi, her team, and many other Slack members a chance to see the question and respond to it.
Q: Does taking the Archive Access course count toward Indi’s Problem Space Certificate Program?
A: No, only taking the Live courses counts toward the certificate.