Slow Change Context Research Method
We proposed the Slow Change Context Research (SCCR) method to support Slow Change Interaction Design. SCCR is a means of understanding the context in which a slow change design would be used, focusing particularly on the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and beliefs of users, their environments, and their routines over time.
Marty Siegel and Jordan Beck asked for a proposal: a research method tailored for supporting Slow Change Interaction Design (SCID). SCID is a practical framework they are developing for interaction designers to use when developing technology for "slow change problems", in other words, "attitudinal and behavioral changes that are difficult initiate and sustain”, and may in fact, be “an endless process”.
The framework provides a series of lenses for approaching slow change design so that solutions not only support the individuality, initiative and agency of the user, but are also grounded in systems-thinking, and accommodating of changing contexts, needs and goals over time.
This task was an assignment for the Rapid Design for Slow Change course. We had 2 days to design the method and submit the proposal.
While they were giving us an overview of SCID, Marty drew our attention to the considerations around initiating slow change, particularly the ambitiousness of a goal compared to one’s confidence in achieving it. We decided to focus on research that would inform design primarily for this stage of the process. We reviewed various research methods—particularly those that provide a rich description of a person's felt experience—and brainstormed the ways in which we would need to modify and combine them to support SCID. Our proposal was presented as though it was an entry in the text book 101 Design Methods.