This might be off post topic but… my whole project relates to the fact that mobile technology is ubiquitous and paper and pencil anything is pretty much outdated and not always handy at this point for most of our culture/society. As a behavioral scientist and applied behavior analyst working with individuals with autism, data are important to me. They let me know whether or not my intervention is working. The more there are the better. The sooner i get them the better. The more reliable/accurate they are, the better. These let me know whether or not i need to change the program or keep it the same and i can make these decisions on a day to day basis when i have sufficient data.
Many of the parents and educators I work with frequently complain that they have to record data with pencil and paper. they say it is not convenient and cumbersome. So, they just don’t do it. Instead of strong arming families into taking data or threatening to take away services if they don’t, I’d rather use a different approach and build a system conducive to data collecting itself.
I am studying the efficacy of a simple electronic data collection system with built in prompts (push messages) and social rewards (i text my clients after they submit data about the data with a personalized message) as compared to traditional data collection methods of leaving a data sheet with a parent and collecting it in 2 weeks to a month. I want to find out which one results in more data collecting behaviors.
I will then present this at a conference later in the year hopefully. I have already piloted the app and my parents really like it compared with previous data sheets I have left them. Now, it’s time to go through the human subjects institutional review board and get actual study participants!
Medicine is already using this mobile tech to help with medicine adherence and getting patients to appointments. I want to bring it to the world of mental health for this and at least 1 other study I plan to conduct this year
[ALSO] if anybody ever wants to talk autism treatment, behavior analysis, psychology, the value of data collection, or organizational business management. HIT ME UP!