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Diary Study

Dear Diary (Study)… How To Ensure You Get The Best Results

“Dear Diary,

How can I ensure I get the best results when conducting a diary study as part of a UX research project?”

Let’s start with a quick overview: diary studies are a research method used to gain qualitative insight into participants’ behaviour (and the context) over a period of time. During the study period, participants are asked to enter information about their activities in a log, diary or journal (online or off) – this is then analysed by the researcher at the end of the observation period.


What is a diary study?

A diary study helps provide insight into overall behaviour and experience.  The method involves people recording specific events, feelings or interactions, in a diary supplied by the researcher.


Diary Studies, Capturing Life as it is Lived

Diary studies have been a traditional research method in behaviour research and social sciences for many years. They rely on users self-documenting specific personal experiences, in natural environments, over long periods of time. Typically, users report their activities and create a log of their thoughts, actions and feelings.


Mobile Ethnography

If you want to provide a truly excellent customer experience you need to really understand your customers. The problem is that how people behave, and how they think they behave, are often not the same – you can’t just ask them questions and expect to get the correct answers.


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