Problem framing in the age of data analytics

Carolina Gill, Hector Rendon, Judith Rodriguez

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Abstract

This paper provides a way to bring together qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate how data analytics could offer an additional perspective to framing social innovation design problems in the classroom. Using data analytics to complement current design research methods could be useful to identify, frame, and address complex societal design challenges more effectively. This methodology can also support design educators who are interested in social issues to frame projects for their students considering real implications and potential impact in an objective way. This paper describes a social innovation studio project sponsored by the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in North Carolina, in which students applied human centred research to address hydration needs of tobacco seasonal migrant workers in the field, who come to the U.S. from Mexico. The results of this analysis suggest that qualitative methods could benefit from data analytics to develop framing design problems from a comprehensive perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017
EditorsTore Gulden, Nenad Pavel, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Erik Bohemia, Arild Berg
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
Pages543-548
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781904670841
StatePublished - 2017
Event19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2017 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: Sep 7 2017Sep 8 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2017
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period09/7/1709/8/17

Keywords

  • Data analytics
  • Problem framing
  • Problem framing in the classroom
  • Social innovation

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