The workshop will be structured to facilitate conversations around the aforementioned challenges and conversations around qualitative methods as they pertain to the field of collaborative and social computing. We will encourage workshop participants to propose case studies for discussion, and use these as well as hypotheticals to probe tension points and engage on a deeper level—particularly on issues for which opinions and experiences diverge. Read our proposal here.
We anticipate adjusting the program based on the interests and makeup of the participants in the workshop, but proposed activities include:
(1) Brief introductions from all participants about their experience with qualitative methods;
(2) 5-10 minute presentations from a selected set of workshop participants, on specific topics of interest (such as the themes noted above) or presenting case studies of their own methodological challenges (ideally, with a focus on contrasting choices or experiences);
(3) Group brainstorming to identify the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the community;
(4) Small“taskforce”style breakout groups to deep dive into specific issues or topics identified in (3); and
(5) Group work around development of best practices and next steps for further engaging the broader community and disseminating the results of the workshop.
We will select participants based on the quality and depth of reflections presented in submissions. We will select presenters based on the potential to generate discussion, particularly with respect to highlighting shared concerns and contrasting opinions and experiences.
As part of (5), we also intend to propose ways to engage the broader CSCW community during and after the conference—for example, by presenting provocative questions to attendees or getting feedback on ideas we propose at the workshop. Within CSCW, questions around qualitative methods are not only relevant to those who practice them, but also those who consume and review qualitative research. An important outcome of the workshop is to engage the entire community and not just workshop participants. For example, we plan to write a workshop report for the CSCW Medium publication that invites the community to share their ongoing reflections. Other ideas and specifics will be discussed and agreed upon to gether with participants.
Therefore, goals and planned outcomes for this workshop include: (1) documentation of the important challenges and open questions concerning qualitative methods at CSCW; (2) documentation of brainstorming towards norm setting and best practices; and (3) planning for engaging the CSCW community with these issues during and after the conference.