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How we developed the framework?

Fundamentally a research enquiry seeks to build knowledge. Methods are the tools and processes of the researcher, used to elicit information, collect data and build knowledge and understanding. All researchers use methods.

These tools (or processes) can perform multiple functions depending on the research enquiry. They can act as stimuli, talking points, conversation pieces, they may reveal what someone is thinking, or bring together materials or elements that promote a reaction through which knowledge and understanding are built.

It is necessary for the researcher to articulate these factors to enable the audience to situate the enquiry.

No one discipline ‘owns’ a method but these must be fit for purpose. How methods are used will depend on a number of factors. For example:

  • THE CONTEXT OR ‘THEATRE’ OF ENQUIRY.
  • THE DISCIPLINARY STANCE OF THE RESEARCHER AND THE VALUES BASE ON WHICH THAT DISCIPLINE IS SITUATED.
  • THE RESEARCH QUESTION AND WHAT THE RESEARCHER WANTS TO UNDERSTAND.
  • THE RESEARCHERS PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY, VALUES, AND INTERESTS. (E.G. HOW THEY RELATE TO THEIR PARTICIPANTS)
  • THE SKILL SET OF THE RESEARCHER.
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“test quickly, learn quickly. rough sketches weren’t taken seriously, but too much development was viewed as too final. It was a very transactional way of working. instead, it needed to be a journey together between health and design.”

Quote taken from the DHW Lab case study