Polly Gannaway & Kieron Kirkland – Research Repositories

You’re a lean, mean user research machine. You’re working fast and doing great research. But in the back of your mind is an uncomfortable feeling, the challenge of trying to keep weeks or months (or sometimes years) worth research accessible at your fingertips. What’s the answer? Research repositories.

In this collaborative session, we’ll define what a repository needs to do – and when. Then we’ll explore different ways of achieving this that you can put to use in your work straight away.’

About Kieron

Kieron leads user experience at Reach Robotics. Their product, MekaMon, is a real life battle-bot with next-gen augmented reality gameplay.

Before this, he was a Lead User Researcher for the Government Digital Service (GDS), where he led a team of researchers developing the UK Government’s Data Infrastructure. He was also a founding Director at CAST, a social change agency dedicated to supporting charities and nonprofits to use technology more effectively.

He’s conducted research everywhere from the High Arctic to rural India, on topics ranging from maternal healthcare in rural Kenya, to food poverty in inner city London.

About Polly

Polly’s life in user research began when working in a policy team at the Cabinet Office she realised that this was in fact not the most direct way to make an impact on people’s lived experience. Having shimmied into user-centred design via a Masters in Service Design, she worked at the Government Digital Service on the UK government’s flagship identity assurance platform, GOV.UK Verify. There she delivered innovative work into accessibility and broke the taboo of researching with ‘people like us’.

Since then, her work has taken her aboard Royal Navy ships, inside many of the UK’s prisons and into countless of the day-to-day places that critical moments occur in people’s lives, such as Job Centres, universities and homes.