Evaluating IT based services for older users

Minna Isomursu, Marja Harjumaa

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Abstract

This paper summarizes experiences of empirical research done for evaluating information and communication technology (ICT) based services that aim at supporting older users in independent living. Over the course of four years, we have explored several different ICT based service concepts in field trials. The goal of the field trials has been to expose novel ICT based service concepts to everyday life of ageing users through adoption of services in real life use. As a result, rich data about user experience and value of the service for different stakeholders has been collected and analyzed. Conducting the field trials has exposed practical issues about how to conduct research with older users. In this paper the experiences are summarized. The findings show that older participants differ from other user groups in several ways. Researchers faced challenges with research procedures during the field trials. These challenges were sometimes caused by exploratory nature and limited duration of the field trial; the participants of field trials always did not want to invest on adopting the services as their everyday routines, but instead restricted the use into testing technology and related service as isolated objects from their everyday lives. Often, this also led into situations where participants judged the value of the service to “someone else”, and were not willing to adopt it themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation - Como, Italy
EditorsWalter Castelnovo, Elena Ferrar
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation, ECIME 2011 - Como, Italy
Duration: 8 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

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Conference5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation, ECIME 2011
Abbreviated titleECIME
CountryItaly
CityComo
Period8/09/119/09/11

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Keywords

  • ambient assisted living
  • field trials
  • ageing technology users

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Isomursu, M., & Harjumaa, M. (2011). Evaluating IT based services for older users. In W. Castelnovo, & E. Ferrar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation - Como, Italy
Isomursu, Minna ; Harjumaa, Marja. / Evaluating IT based services for older users. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation - Como, Italy. editor / Walter Castelnovo ; Elena Ferrar. 2011.
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Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation - Como, Italy. ed. / Walter Castelnovo; Elena Ferrar. 2011.

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