Course 4 – Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts
Week 3: Analyzing and Synthesizing Research Results
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Analyzing and Synthesizing Research Results INTRODUCTION
In this part of the Coursera Google UX Design Professional Certificate course, you’ll learn how to analyze and synthesize research results to gain actionable insights. Analyzing and synthesizing data is a fundamental step for every UX designer in order to create successful designs that meet user needs.
The goal of analyzing and synthesizing your findings is twofold: first, it allows you to uncover patterns and trends in the data; second, it enables you to identify improvement opportunities based on participant feedback. To organize your research results effectively, you will use an affinity diagram, which involves grouping related information into meaningful categories. Through this process, common themes will emerge which can provide valuable insights into user behavior and preferences.
By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently analyze your research results and identify actionable insights that can be used to inform and improve your design solutions. Analyzing and synthesizing research results is an essential skill for UX designers, so developing a strong understanding of this process is of utmost importance. You will gain the skills you need to identify patterns and trends in research data, so that you can make informed decisions to create successful products and services.
- Derive actionable insights from themes identified in usability studies
- Describe the qualities of a strong insights
- Identify patterns and themes from observed data
- Explain the steps to synthesize observed data into insights
- Create an affinity diagram
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON SYNTHESIZING DATA INTO INSIGHTS
1. Fill in the blank: Researchers need to transition data they receive from observations to insights. To do this, they first need to _____ all the data from the usability study in one place.
- Gather (CORRECT)
Correct: The first step in turning data observations into insights is to gather all forms of data from all observers of the study.
2. Once researchers identify common themes in the data, what is the next step?
- Create an affinity diagram to organize the data for each theme.
- Identify outliers and compare them to the common themes.
- Write an insight that tells the design team how to improve the product based on each theme. (CORRECT)
- Develop a hypothesis for a product improvement based on each theme.
Correct: After researchers identify the themes in the data, they come up with insights based on each theme.
3. When UX designers synthesize data, what are they doing? Select all that apply.
- Collecting assumptions about users
- Understanding methods of data collection
- Combining ideas to draw conclusions (CORRECT)
- Evolving their understanding of user problems (CORRECT)
Correct: When UX designers are synthesizing data, they’re combining ideas to draw conclusions. It evolves their understanding of user problems and how they can further improve the design.
4. What is the difference between traditional and field research?
- Traditional research focuses on collecting first-hand observations, while field research prioritizes data collection.
- Field research focuses on collecting first-hand observations, while traditional research concentrates on compiling data. (CORRECT)
- Traditional research focuses on defining trends in the marketplace, while field research collects data on those trends.
- Field research focuses on quality checking potential design features, while traditional research observes them.
Correct: The difference between traditional and field research is that field research focuses on collecting first-hand observations, such as audio, video, and in-person experiences. Traditional research, on the other hand, concentrates on collecting feedback and compiling data.
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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON STRONG INSIGHTS
1. Which of the following are qualities of strong insights? Select all that apply.
- List observations
- Easy to understand (CORRECT)
- Answer research questions (CORRECT)
- Inspire direct action (CORRECT)
- Increase empathy for the user experience (CORRECT)
Correct: Strong insights are easy to understand. They should also answer research questions, increase empathy for the user experience, and inspire direct action.
Correct: Strong insights answer research questions so people can understand why the insights matter. They should also be easy to understand, answer research questions, increase empathy for the user experience, and inspire direct action.
Correct: Strong insights inspire direct action for a design solution. They should also be easy to understand, answer research questions, and increase empathy for the user experience.
Correct: Strong insights increase empathy for the user experience and the team’s engagement in the product’s success. They should also be easy to understand, answer research questions, and inspire direct action.
2. A designer is gathering insights from a recent usability study for a new website design. Which of the following insights is grounded in real data?
- Users typically can find the home page of a website.
- Most users successfully created a user account using the icon at the top of the page. (CORRECT)
- Users should be able to create a user account by scrolling to the account creation link.
- Most users made the moderator feel happy about the study’s outcome by providing only positive feedback.
Correct: Insights grounded in real data are based on observations from multiple participants.
3. Consider the following scenario:
A team is developing an online service that allows users to rent out tricycles in major cities, and they want to know how to improve the user experience. They conduct a usability study and discover that users like the idea of renting a tricycle. However, users find it inconvenient that the service is only accessible on desktop computers. Users say that if they were wandering the city, it would be nice to go to a storefront or kiosk for checkout.
- Based on this scenario, which of the following is considered a strong insight?
- Users like that the app allows tricycle rentals.
- Users want more convenient features.
- Users think that it is inconvenient that they can only rent tricycles.
- Users want the added option of renting tricycles at a physical location (CORRECT)
Correct: This is a helpful insight for the design team. They can use it during the next iteration of their service to improve their offerings.
4. How do strong insights relate to a research question?
- They answer the research question (CORRECT)
- They refute the research question
- They suggest an alternative research question
- They allow researchers to change the research question
Correct: Strong insights need to answer the research questions you listed in your research plan. You want to tie your insight to the research questions to help people understand why the insight matters.
5. Fill in the blank: When creating an affinity diagram, you should ___ the sticky notes into groups of common themes and patterns.
- cluster (CORRECT)
Correct: When creating an affinity diagram, you should cluster the sticky notes into groups of common themes and patterns.
Analyzing and Synthesizing Research Results CONCLUSION
In conclusion, how you handle and analyze the data collected during a usability study can mean the difference between successful solutions that delight users and not-so-fortunate outcomes. With this course, you will understand how to effectively distill your observations into insights, themes, and trends through affinity mapping.
You’ll be able to determine what best practices work for your user base and make engaging design decisions with confidence. From research design to data analysis, we’ve got it all covered! So why not take the next step in your learning journey by joining us at Coursera? With free courses on offer, there’s never been a more perfect time to invest in yourself than right now. Sign up today!
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