NCTI and ATIA have teamed up to develop a research primer for AT developers, manufacturers, and vendors. Both an online guide and a series of webinars with AT industry leaders, these resources will get you up to speed on research in 2011.
- Introduction: Learn about the Primer, what’s inside, and why you should use research.
- Usability: Learn effective methods of conducting usability studies; see how to integrate research into your design process.
- Market: Read about key concepts in market research and how to engage current and potential customers.
- Case Study: Learn about the holistic approach of case study research.
- Single Subject: Learn about different single subject research designs. This low cost approach to research is often considered the best research design when measuring behavioral change in individuals.
- Quasi-Experimental: This rigorous design is the next best thing to a true experiment. Learn about different quasi-experimental research designs, and how to conduct the research and analyze its findings.
- Experimental: This “gold standard” design of research is the most rigorous and resource-intensive. Read about how experimental designs increase internal validity; learn how to collect data and how to interpret these designs.
- Validity and Reliability: Read about internal and external validity as well as the reliability of the measures and assessments which will give credibility to your study.
- Ethics: There are many regulations and best practices to protect study participants as well as researchers; learn the issues.
- Institutional Review Board (IRB): All projects with federal funding involving human participants need to be approved by an IRB even those without such funding may find it best practice. Learn more.
- List of RERCs: See a list of where disability and rehabilitation research is being conducted. Sign up for their newsletters or bookmark their pages to stay on top of recent developments.
- Funding Resources: Research takes resources. Check out these online aggregators of funding sources.
- How to Work with a Professional Librarian: Get some help! Librarians are there for you; learn to use them and the public databases of research.