Analysing the Practitioner’s Workshop

On the 24th of May, Mary, Matt, and Angelika got together to listen to the audio recording and video of the workshop. While listening to the recordings, we each took notes on separate sticky notes. These notes were a combination of direct quotes, paraphrasing of some statements that were made, and meta-reflections on topics that were being discussed.

We listened to each of the activities separately and took notes on different sticky notes for each.

After we had listened to a section, we paused the recording and started to talk about the notes we had written down. On a separate table, we started putting similar sticky notes together, slowly building up groups of sticky notes. We also audio recorded the conversations we were having throughout this process.

These groups were then connected with lines and arrows to show relationships between the different themes we constructed from our notes.

This resulted in a web of interconnected groups of sticky notes. Each link and/or group was given a title.

After we had this messy web of sticky notes, we followed the connections and created cleaner webs on a seperate sheet of paper. These webs included only the titles of sticky note collections.

Looking at the messy and clean version of our data-maps, we were able to see connections between different topics, or themes, more clearly. From here, we then highlighted the theme that we felt was the focus of that particular web, or the theme that connected to most of the sub-topics.

  

Being able to see the messy and clean maps next to each other, and the process of cleaning up the map itself were really useful. In one case, we saw that one of the groups of sticky notes that wasn’t the focus of our discussion in the production of the messy map was actually really important. In the process of cleaning up the map, we realised that this particular sub-theme was actually connected to many of the sub-themes if looked at from a different perspective. As a result of this discovery, we started layering this particular clean map, bringing back some of the complexity.