Rigor, relevance and impact: The tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild

Can Liu, Enrico Costanza, W Mackay, Hamed Alavi, S Zhai, W Moncur
in CHI 2019, Conference paper (text), Glasgow, Scotland

Abstract

© 2019 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). As an interdisciplinary field, CHI embraces multiple research methods, ranging from controlled lab experiments to field studies in homes and communities. While quantitative research in the lab emphasizes the scientific rigor of hypothesis testing; qualitative research in the wild focuses on the understanding of the context of technologies in use, and each type of research has a correspondingly different kind of impact. This panel invites researchers with varied backgrounds to talk about the tensions and trade-offs between research in the lab and in the wild, with respect to scientific rigor, real-world relevance and impact. The goal is to enhance mutual understanding among researchers with diverse goals, values and practices within the CHI community.