Dr. Sampoornam. W*
Professor, Department of Mental Health Nursing,
Annai JKK Sampoorani Ammal College of Nursing, Komarapalayam, India.
Pop-up research centers offer opportunities for a broad spectrum of research methods to investigate, addressing a diverse range of research questions. A pop-up research center, unlike traditional laboratories, appears at a location close to a population of participants that are gathered for a specific activity who can be invited to participate in the research studies in time managed manner.
In pop-up research centers, the research is brought to a single large gathering of potential participants, rather than the other round-about way. Pop-up research centers can’t only facilitate researchers in accessing large numbers of research participants, but also offer a wide range of other benefits and opportunities. It is on the basis that describes key areas requiring consideration in the development and planning of pop-up research centers and reflects on researcher’s experiences. Any pop-up research initiatives are temporary in nature. It appears for a period of need or opportunity and then disappears again.
Nature of pop-up research centers:
The nature of pop-up research centers requires careful research design. Participants are on site for different reasons and can also take the time away from the purpose to volunteer. Therefore, for studies to recruit large numbers of participants, studies should ideally be both short and scientifically rigorous.
To create a truly engaging experimental design takes time and can involve rewarding the participant with some new knowledge or insight into their own performance.
It is important to consider participant instructions in pop-up research centers. It may involve several researchers running the same study and participants from different language groups, professions and backgrounds. It is therefore wise to have concise written instructions next to each research station (R.J. Toomeya M.F. McEnteeb L.A. Rainforda, 2019). As in any other research setting pop-up research involving human subjects/participants requires appropriate Human Research Ethics committee approval or equivalent.
The success of a pop-up research center rests on its ability to attract volunteers. Advertisement for pop-up research center can take place through a variety of methods and is worth an investment of time, effort and money (Jono Ellis, 2017). Flexibility and problem-solving skills are certainly required by the team organizing a research pop-up center. Pop-up research projects require a huge amount of teamwork and a positive attitude.
Conducting pop-up research:
Pop-up researches are typically conducted at libraries, community centers, shopping centers, government agencies and organizations offering services or support. With pop-up research, short informal interviews or usability tests are conducted in places like libraries, day centers, offices or colleges. Using pop-up research as a way to get team involved with user research has been extremely valuable (Dana Chan, 2019).
The research process in pop-up experiments includes different steps such as research question, design, experiment; the crowd sourced data and data analysis in different forms. The results are finally taken as inspiration and renewed energy to face new challenges and new research questions. Data quality is also part of the process; the lessons learned from the scientific analysis can improve future experimental conditions (Sagarra, Oleguer and Gutierrez-Roig, 2015).
This method is generally low-cost, quick to carry out and doesn’t require recruiting participants beforehand. In contrast to traditional lab testing, instead of bringing the participants, research team goes to them.
1. R.J. Toomeya M.F. McEnteeb L.A. Rainforda. The pop-up research centre – Challenges and Opportunities. 2019; 25(1)S19-S24
2. Jono Ellis. Pop-up Study – Taking research to where our users are. January 26, 2017. Blog.
3. Dana Chan, 2019. Pop-up research is a team sport.
4. Sagarra, Oleguer and Gutierrez-Roig, Mario and Bonhoure, Isabelle and Perello, Josep. Citizen Science Practices for Computational Social Science Research: The Conceptualization of Pop-Up Experiments. Frontiers in Physics. 2015; 3. 10:3389
Received on 28.12.2022 Modified on 16.01.2023
Accepted on 08.02.2023 ©A&V Publications All right reserved