Research and innovation

Why does Funka conduct research? Not many small companies focus on scientific methodology and it hardly seems economically viable to create new knowledge that will be free for all to use. But the answer is simple: we do research because it is needed.

There is far too little knowledge of how to best develop products, services, interfaces, and communities that work for everyone. We want contribute by looking for answers to important questions and creating solutions for development and improvement. Approximately 20 % of Funka’s business is directly linked to research and innovation.

Funka conducts research and innovation in Sweden, Scandinavia and at the European level. Sometimes we do it on our own, but often in cooperation with leading universities, user organisations and other expert agencies.

Our research is done on assignment and on our own initiative. Often, the background is that facts seem to be missing or that we have identified a problem that need to be solved. The innovation projects aims to create services or products focused on solutions.

Most studies and projects result in reports that we are happy to share. If you think that a report is missing here, please let us know. Suggestions, thoughts and ideas on phenomenon we should investigate are also welcome!

Our research and innovation projects

  • Funka in EU-project to improve digital health solutions

    Funka is a proud partner of DigitalHealthEurope, a EU-funded project that will support deployment of digital solutions for person-centred integrated care in Europe.
  • University training in web accessibility

    Funka, IAAP Nordic and four Nordic universities are investigating how web accessibility can be part of the university programs in the Nordic countries.
  • Innovation project on comprehensible content

    Together with Botkyrka Municipality and Linnaeus University, Funka will develop a method for helping the public sector to produce information that is easier to understand. Based on experiences from previous research projects, we test different models to reach persons with a mother tongue other than the official national one, with funding from Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency.
  • Simulations of neurodiversity increase awareness

    In a project financed by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Funka will create training material based on user experiences. By simulating how persons with neuropsychiatric conditions experience life, we can raise awareness among our clients and others.
  • Content Management Systems that generate accessibility

    Imagine if the tools used to create websites and intranets would have built-in accessibility from the beginning, how much easier life would be! Soon, it can be a reality. Funka has received funding from the European Commission for a project that will contribute to increased accessibility in content management systems.
  • Virtual Reality for increased knowledge about hidden disabilities

    Hidden disabilities are often more difficult to understand and handle for the outside world, than physical impairments. Funka has received funding from Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, to work on Virtual Reality experiences based on real stories from people with different disabilities. The aim is to develop training material that can contribute to an inclusive working life.
  • Funka investigates democracy tools in Norway

    To strengthen democracy, many municipalities are starrting to use digital tools for citizen dialogue. In order for everyone to participate on the same terms, the tools must of course be inclusive. Funka has been assigned to investigate how tools for citizen dialogue work for persons with disabilities.
  • Criteria for cognitive accessibility of digital interfaces

    In a new research project, Funka will develop testable requirements to ensure that digital interfaces are accessible from a cognitive perspective. Today's standards and regulations focus on technical solutions for physical impairments, but many users have completely different types of needs.
  • Accessible language learning for immigrants

    By winning the Innovation Competition run by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, the tech startup Lingio, with help from Funka, will be able to make its language app accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Accessible Recruitment

    Recruitment processes often use personality tests, but the tests are rarely accessible. WeCompose and Funka have won the Innovation Competition of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority with a project that aims to change this situation.
  • New research project on personalized accessibility

    A system that adapts to the user instead of the other way around, it sounds almost too good to be true, right? We are starting a research project aimed at developing and testing somthing that could become a ”cognitive screen reader”.
  • Funka leads major EU-project on digital innovation

    During the next three and a half years, Funka will manage a project aiming at supporting large scale uptake of digital innovation in active and healthy ageing, funded by the European Commission.
  • Digitalization of audits!

    With funding from Sweden's Innovation Agency Vinnova, we are going to develop and test a prototype for digital management of expert-based accessibility audits of web interfaces.
  • New project about understandable information

    Funka is participating in a new exciting project about how persons with different types of cognitive difficulties can get more understandable information. The Swedish Dyslexia Association is leading the project.
  • A tool to measure accessibility

    One of the winners of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority’s innovation competition ”Best in business” is Ayond, who will, in cooperation with Funka, develop a tool to measure accessibility – for real.
  • New research project to interpret WCAG

    Funka, together with German DIAS and French BrailleNet, will compare and discuss how to interpret WCAG. The goal is to achieve consensus among accessibility experts.
  • Improving digital health literacy in Europe

    Funka has joined a new EU project aimed at testing a new model of digital health literacy. The aim is to develop training to enhance EU citizens’ skills on online health information.
  • Working with dyslexia - a new exciting project

    The Swedish Association of persons with Dyslexia is leading a project to examine how persons with dyslexia handle their work situation where Funka is participating with accessibility knowledge.
  • EU-project on women with disabilities

    Funka is partner of a recently approved EU funded project addressing barriers hampering women with disabilities to fully engage themselves in cultural and socio-economic environments.
  • WeGovNow: from e-Government to We-Government

    Together with Empirica as project leaders and other partners, Funka participates in a EU-funded research project aiming to develop a new, interactive platform for e-participation.

Completed research and innovation projects

  • Project for an inclusive labor market

    With funding from the Norwegian UNIKT, Funka is looking forward to collect good examples and practices to get persons with disabilities into work. Many studies focus on the problems, but we want to point out what actually works!
  • Information that reaches all users

    Right now Funka is conducting a follow-up study on how public sector informs people who for various reasons find it difficult to read and understand information. Focus is on including the perspective of persons with another maternal language.
  • Manual for local consultative assemblies of persons with disabilities in Norway

    Funka has received funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation to develop a manual for persons who are active in local and regional consultative assemblies for persons with disabilities in Norway.
  • Accessibility and tourism

    Another project for Funka in Turkey: this time we are going to to develop instructional videos about accessibility and disabilities for the The Turkish Union of Tourist Guides’ Chambers.
  • Innovative community living for young people

    Together with Gisselberg Architects, Funka is developing the housing of a new generation. The Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning is financing the project with the aim of creating accessible, attractive and economic living environment for the young.
  • Innovative project on learning platform

    With support from the innovation programme Eurostars, Funka will support Claned Group and Laurea University in Finland to further develop the digital learning platform CLANED and to improve the accessibility of the solution.
  • Dispel the myths!

    With funding from the Jimmy Dahlsten foundation, Funka is privileged to run a project to inspire creative solutions in order to reach higher accessibility.
  • Communication platform for schools

    Funka is one of the winners of the The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority’s innovation competition “Simplify for parents”. We will develop a platform for communication between parents, teachers and pupils that works for everyone.
  • Inclusive tool for data collection

    Questionnaires and surveys often work poorly for persons with different disabilities. That is one of the reasons that these users are not visible in statistics. Funka, The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the Dyslexia Association in Sweden have now been granted innovation support from Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, to develop a tool that works for all.
  • Navigation Support for Older Travellers with Memory Decline (NavMem)

    The AAL-funded NavMem project has ended successfully. Funka has participated in the final phases and contributed to business modelling and accessibility requirements.
  • Smarter meetings

    Funka, the Royal Technical University of Stockholm and several end user organisations are going to test methods for effective meetings for persons with cognitive and mental disabilities.
  • Web app for inventory

    With funding from the EU within the framework of CreatiFi Accelerators, Funka will develop a prototype for a web app for self-inventory for accessibility in the built environment.
  • Funka is leading the EIPAHA Support Action

    Funka has been awarded by the European Commission to lead and coordinate the support of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, EIPAHA, during 2015 and 2016. The project is funded by the framework programme Horizon 2020.
  • A digital school for all

    Initiated by Funka and with funding from Sweden’s Innovation Agency, VINNOVA, Funka has launched a new exciting innovation project within the school area. The project is about improving the conditions for students, teachers and parents with disabilities.
  • Cognitive accessibility: an evaluation of knowledge

    In cooperation with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Dyslexia Association in Sweden, Funka’s industrial PhD student Stefan Johansson has participated in a survey on the documented knowledge in the field of cognitive accessibility.
  • Accessibility for people with mental disorders

    As part of our efforts to raise awareness about accessibility for people with mental disorders Funka has conducted a pilot study with the Royal Institute of Technology and the National Association for Social and Mental Health, RSMH, in Sweden. The project has examined how people with mental disorders use electronic communication.
  • Mobile Navigation Guidelines

    In cooperation with 20 of our customers, Funka led a crowdsourcing project on navigation concepts in mobile interfaces. After having reviewed and tested existing navigation concepts, we developed and tested new prototypes. The work resulted in guidelines on mobile navigation, free to use by everyone.
  • European research project on Down syndrome

    Together with the Norwegian research organisation Karde as Project Manager and financed by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme, Funka participates in a research project on how people with Down syndrome can be better integrated in society. Stefan Johansson from Funka is one of the experts in the research team.
  • Research on cognitive accessibility

    Funka will examine how we can create accessibility for people with cognitive impairments, how to make individuals with cognitive impairments participate in development and how to implement their requirements in standardisation and rules. The project is made together with disability organisations in Sweden and funded by the Swedish Inheritance Found Commission and the Swedish Consumer Agency.
  • Friends – A Project about Social Media

    Financed by the Norwegian research institution IT-funk Funka performed a research project in collaboration with the Norwegian research company Karde on how young people with Asperger’s syndrome use social media. Using surveys and statistics, we were able to come up with a result that will hopefully lay the ground for further research on the subject.
  • Tablets in schools – do they work for everyone?

    On behalf of the Norwegian Associaton of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Funka has investigated the use of tablets in schools. How do the platforms comply with accessibility requirements? Which built in assistive technology is best from a user experience perspective? Which of the relevant applications are working well for what target groups?
  • Mobile guidelines

    Financed by the Swedish Internet Fund, Funka has analysed mobile interfaces and made user tests, made prototypes with improvements and tested again. The work resulted in guidelines for accessible mobile interfaces that are free for everyone to use - comments and feed back are most welcome!
  • Funka evaluates digital learning management systems

    Digital learning management systems, LMS, have become an important tool in teaching at all levels. But for all pupils and students to be able to use them, they must be accessible.
  • Accessibility with the Adobe LiveCycle Designer

    On behalf of Adobe, Funka has conducted tests on how the Adobe LiveCycle Designer works from an accessibility point of view to create e-services. Solutions created with the LiveCycle Designer can be made more accessible for users than files created with Adobe Acrobat. The advantage in using the LiveCycle Designer is that you can achieve more, for instance in the field of dynamic forms.
  • Automatic translations

    Financed by the Internet Foundation, Swedish Language Institute and local governments with special requirements for minority language, Funka has been leading a study researching the use of automatic translations on the web, making user tests and technical research on how automatic translation services cope with small languages like Swedish.
  • Understandable information

    Financed by the Swedish Inheritance Found Commission, Funka has been leading a research project on human perception and understanding content, studying how different end user groups prefer and best understand content on the web. We have developed a testing interface where end users can interact with content, thereby pointing out difficulties and answering questions so we objectively can measure whether they do understand the content or not.
  • Adobe Reader and assistive technology products – a study in compatibility

    Adobe has assigned Funka to perform a study on how pdf-files work with different assistive technology. Through user tests and expert evaluations, we’ve found that the pdf- format in itself isn’t an issue, but the problems lie in the lack of knowledge of those who create the files.