Workshop Format

1. Workshop Introduction

First, we will introduce the workshop and give a brief outline of the findings of the pre-workshop activities, including survey results and feedback from the webinar. To frame thinking about failure in its broadest possible terms, we will introduce the lifecycle of typical CCI research projects and highlight areas within planning and execution where mistakes and difficulties could occur. We will consider both single and longitudinal projects and will also talk about the impact of ‘other adults’ – parents, teachers – on research success. We will incorporate into this session a short ice breaker activity to allow the participants to introduce themselves and get to know the other researchers who are attending the event.

2. What Can Go Wrong

We will split participants into sub-groups and will engage in structured discussions using a virtual World Café method to enable each sub-group to discuss 4 - 5 topics in short sessions. To facilitate generative discussion around topics, we will provide each group with a set of scenario dice. Scenario dice will provide the participants with a set of configurations of research scenarios, participant(s), and different research locations. The groups will roll the dice and then consider the problems that are randomly presented to them to identify areas where failure could occur in such scenario configuration. At the end of this activity, each group will report back to the whole workshop on the key points/findings of their discussions.

3. Informing the Community

In a final activity, we will explore ways in which the different configurations generated by the scenario dice unravel different sources of failure and different outcomes and we will engage in group discussions around how such situations could be avoided. A key outcome we will aim for is to draw on the needs of our less experienced researchers to create a mechanism for reporting failures and solutions to the IDC community that can be managed and updated by the community. This may in the first instance be the findings from this workshop, but later might be a repository that will be an asset to the community and to future generations of researchers.

4. Post-workshop Plans

Our aim is to generate a lasting and maintainable resource for the IDC community as mentioned in Section 4.3. We will organize post-workshop retreats for participants to write up the findings from the workshop as an ACM Interactions article summarizing the main contributions and including a reflective account of the workshop’s lessons and findings. Authorship will be open to any participants who are willing to contribute to the work. We will also use the findings of the workshop to inform a larger piece of research on the design of research studies involving children, which will be written up for a subsequent IDC conference or the IJCCI journal.