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Practical hacks - how people´s self made solutions makes the city more accessible and what we can learn from that

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Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - RISE SICS AB, Kista
Funding from Vinnova SEK 480 000
Project duration September 2017 - November 2018
Status Completed
Venture Accessible design

Purpose and goal

The project started with a planning and analysis phase of a workshop material based on foreign-born. A workshop with 19 people resulted in 31 documented stories. In the second phase the target for the selection process was to focus on young adults, teenagers and people within the immigration process. A total of 15 Semi-structured interviews were held and in applicable cases jointly with both parents and teenagers. The material contributed to a clearer definition of practical hacks and resulted in a number of possible concrete projects and suggestions for increased participation.

Expected results and effects

At the end of the project we highlighted and discussed concrete solutions in the form of digital tools from the results of the study, including a visualization tool for shared communal resources based on economics and a tool for increasing awareness, responsibility and moral courage activities. For swedish parents the coding revealed a tendency towards worrying about screen addiction and trust. A surprising finding was that participants expressed gratitude after a couple of the interviews that we held with teenagers and their parents for being able to discuss these questions.

Planned approach and implementation

To enhance our understanding of the people’s perspective on municipalities and their services, we divided the study in two parts, a workshop followed by a qualitative study where we conducted in depth semi-structured interviews in the Stockholm region recorded by sound and video. The interviews were then analysed through several steps starting with speed transcription onto post-its (Around 650 post it’s were generated and coded according to demographics) and then categorized thematically. At this stage the data corpus was anonymized.

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Last updated 10 December 2018

Reference number 2017-03254

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