Participants Needed!

Edit: I’ve now recruited all my participants. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me out by spreading the word and signing up. Much love from a stressed out behavioural researcher.

How would you like to film yourself for 2 weeks and be paid £50 for it?

As part of my MSc (in Human-Computer Interaction at UCL, for those who may not know), I’m doing a research project investigating how people manage multiple user accounts and multifaceted identities online. I’m focussing specifically on public services, i.e. eGovernment, and I’ll be doing a video diary study over 2 weeks for which I need participants.

To qualify, participants must:

  • Have user accounts with at least 2 different public/government-based services* and login to them on more than one occasion over a 2-week period. These are essentially any accounts for services that are not social networking, online shopping, or media/entertainment.
  • Be available to meet me in the London area for 20-40-minute interviews on 3 (or 2) occasions over a 2-week period
  • Be willing to be equipped with a small video recorder and report your experience every time you login to one of your public service user accounts over the 2-week period
  • Complete this 5-minute survey first: http://survey-isrg.cs.ucl.ac.uk/index.php?sid=58533&lang=en

The study pays £50. Additionally, any travel expenses will be covered. The study should take roughly 4 hours +/- of your time.

If you have any questions, drop me an email at s.zhuang@ucl.ac.uk or comment here. Any help is much appreciated and please spread the word!

*Some examples:

  • Your (public) university user accounts: e.g. library services, Moodle, It’s Learning, Portico
  • Academia/research-related services: e.g. Wellcome Trust: wellcome.ac.uk
  • Library services
  • NHS: nhs.co.uk
  • Jobcentre Plus: jobseekers.direct.gov.uk
  • Student Finance: studentfinance.direct.gov.uk
  • Transport for London, e.g.:
    • Barclays Cycle Hire: web.barclayscyclehire.tfl.gov.uk
    • Congestion Charging: congestioncharging.tfl.gov.uk
    • Oyster Online: oyster.tfl.gov.uk
    • Low Emission Zone: lowemissionzone.tfl.gov.uk
  • Carbon Calculator: carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk
  • National Rail: nationalrail.co.uk
  • Royal Mail: royalmail.com/personal
  • Home Office UK Border Agency: homeoffice.gov.uk Government Gateway (for e.g. DVLA, DWP): gateway.gov.uk
  • HM Revenue & Customs (for e.g. Self Assessment, Tax Return, Pension): directgov-online.hmrc.gov.uk Y
  • Your local authorities (for e.g. Council Tax, Parking): e.g. london.gov.uk, cityoflondon.gov.uk, camden.gov.uk, rbkc.gov.uk, islington.gov.uk, etc.
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