Inclusive tool for data collection
Many political and commercial decisions are taken based on statistics. Systematic shortcomings in surveys make the target groups who already find it difficult to win support for their needs and wants likely to "disappear". Now Funka, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, KTH, and the Dyslexia Association in Sweden will develop a tool that enables users not to be forgotten in the statistics.
A tool like this has the potential for increased participation, says Funka’s industrial PhD student Stefan Johansson. People with various disabilities will be able to choose how they wish to participate. During the feasibility study, we have mapped and tested over 20 different data collection methods. Step by step we will build them into the new tool.
The aim is to develop a tool for data collection and analysis that meet very high accessibility requirements, even for people with cognitive and mental disabilities. Funka provides concept development, business development, testing and production. Professor Jan Gulliksen at KTH project manages and ensures the scientific methodology. The Dyslexia Association contributes with the user perspective.
The project that is launched is stage two after a preliminary study that Funka, KTH and the Dyslexia Association carried out during the winter of 2014/2015. Vinnova has decided to fund the next phase of the project under the call "Challenge-driven innovation". The call includes three areas where this project fall in the category "Information society 3.0".
Funding: VINNOVA in the framework of ”Challenge-driven innovation”
Consortium: the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH (Project Manager), the Dyslexia Association and Funka
Period: May 2015 - December 2016
Budget: 640 000 EURO
Flexibility and individual settings are in focus when Funka develops a new accessible tool for data collection. This is a partial report from one of our innovation projects.