Imagine you're a researcher working with farmers in Uganda. Your years of experience tell you that something is not right this year. It's not unusual for the harvest to be a week late, but this year, it’s three weeks later than usual. If only there was a way for you to share this hunch and investigate it with your peers.
This is where HunchWorks comes in…
This week we begin sketching out some ideas for some interface screens for the creation and management of hunches. To help with this exercise, we’ve created a few scenarios to help us put some context around how people may use the tool.
Beginning of hunch…
Collaboration yields more evidence and more confidence in the hunch…
Further collaboration builds on the evidence and confidence…
Other agencies act on this hunch to help alleviate the problem…
Which in turn spurs the hunch to further evolve..
What makes up a hunch?
A hunch is an anecdote, musing, observed connection, or hypothesis which may or may not have evidence or research backing it. Hunches are claims about something.
Evidence is something that supports the claim made by the hunch. It can be data, a photo, a tweet, or a report contributed by people working on the hunch. The purpose of evidence is to add credibility to the hunch and to enrich the discourse surrounding the hunch.
Confidence is a measure of how the collaborators and author of the hunch view its apparent accuracy. It increases with the number of contributors as well. The more credible the hunch, the more likely people should be to take action, whether that means research, aid, or preventative measures.
What does a hunch actually look like? What are the key aspects of a hunch?
How does a hunch begin, evolve, become verified or ever cluster with other hunches to become a new hunch?
As a hunch changes over time, how is that reflected in the interface?
We hope this gives you some insight as to what a hunch could look like. Here are a few more resources to get you started:
Wireframe outlines (ZIP) – 11”x8.5” and 17”x11” – some sketching templates we often use
Hunch scenario (PDF) – A pdf with the scenarios and some basic sketching templates included
Feel free to post your thoughts and links to your ideas and sketches (from Flickr, Instagram, Dropbox, Google Docs, TwitPic, etc.) in the comments below or alternatively, email them to todd (at) adaptivepath (dot) com. All the thinking and output generated in this project will be publicly available and Creative Commons licensed, and you can provide your submitted designs under a Attribution, Share Alike (CC-BY SA) license.
The best ideas will be included in the final set of recommendations.