The ability to gather data over time from participants enables researchers to understand the influence of experiences on human behavior, feelings, and perceptions.
There are two research methodologies ExpiWell incorporates into its technology that are particularly beneficial for building participant communities and gathering insights everybody can learn from: longitudinal research and experience sampling.
Longitudinal research typically involves long-term engagement over the course of months and years. Experience sampling typically involves short-term engagement over the course of days and weeks. Together, these two research methodologies allow researchers to better understand how phenomena change over time.
More researchers are interested in time-based phenomena, which can lead to rich research insights about patterns and enable researchers to make predictions based on the full picture of study variable influences. As with any research methodology, those interested in time-based phenomena can use questions to guide their inquiries:
All of these research questions require research designs that involve assessing experiences and creating participant engagement sustained over time.
To deeply understand experiences, researchers are combining both approaches: tracking experiences over time (longitudinal research) while also diving into daily experiences (experience sampling) to better understand phenomena that impact participants’ everyday lives. That includes social interactions, product use, health behaviors and outcomes, or psychological development.
As a social scientist and methodologist, I’ve noticed that there are many challenges to longitudinal research and experience sampling. Here are a few critical ones:
For researchers pursuing longitudinal research and experience sampling, experience-centered data collection technology can make studying experiences an educational, enjoyable experience for everybody involved.
ExpiWell’s web- and mobile-based technology solves many of the challenges associated with longitudinal and experience sampling projects. Participant communities, now enabled by ExpiWell, keep participants engaged across time and geographical locations.
Picture ExpiWell community like a Facebook Group or a NextDoor neighborhood but with functionality geared toward research. When developing ExpiWell’s platform, we made sure our features make longitudinal research and experience sampling an exciting experience for both researchers and participants.
Researchers are able to:
Interested in assessing well-being over time? Or interested in adherence to medical treatments over time? All of this is easy to do using ExpiWell’s experience-centered data collection technology. It’s also easy for participants to contribute to experiences.
Participants are able to:
By founding ExpiWell, I’ve been able to utilize my experience as a social scientist to make complex research convenient for researchers and engaging for participants. ExpiWell’s experience-centered data collection technology creates a community of researchers and participants where everybody can learn together. It’s exciting to see that we are now at a new frontier for longitudinal research and experience sampling with ExpiWell communities.
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