Thank you for your interest in participating in our research project on the effects of COVID-19 on people's everyday life. We are still in the prototype phase of this project, and are really curious to hear your feedback and further suggestions for improvement.
What is our research project?
In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a team of students and researchers from the University of Amsterdam launched this research project in March 2021. The aim of the project is to gain an understanding of the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on the everyday life of people across the globe. By including participants from different countries and different backgrounds we aspire to gain an understanding of the international spectrum of experiences of the global pandemic. Several different Sociology Master’s thesis projects of students at the University of Amsterdam are involved.
What is PANEL?
For this research project, we are making use of PANEL, an online tool we developed with the aim of doing citizen science. By citizen science we mean empowering citizens (like you) to actively take part in the research process. PANEL is different from a standard online survey. It is an online platform which allows us to collect personal observations of participants, work together and interpret these observations collaboratively. The main use of PANEL is to be able to create a shared meaning among collaborators. Insights that may not seem evident to a single researcher (or a small team of them) can then become apparent. By involving citizens with diverse backgrounds, we want to improve the quality of our analysis. Ultimately, we strive to bring research into the public and democratize the research process.
How does it work?
PANEL makes it possible to share and cluster observations, interpretations, ideas and opinions.
Step 1: Make an observation
Based on a posed question, we ask participants to make personal observations around a theme; more generally speaking the impact of COVID-19 on their daily life. In practice, this step can sometimes also be prepared by the initiating researcher.
Step 2: Interpret observations
Through analyzing other participants' observations and answering questions, participants can come to interpretations of the various observations.
Step 3: Compare and stack similar interpretations
The next step is to look at what kinds of interpretations other participants have made. By combining the various interpretations, we develop a more complete picture of the situation.
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