Understanding the Boundaries between Policymaking and HCI

Spaa, Anne, Durrant, Abigail, Elsden, Chris and Vines, John (2019) Understanding the Boundaries between Policymaking and HCI. In: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19): May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. CHI (19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, p. 84. ISBN 9781450359702

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There is a growing body of literature in HCI examining the intersection between policymaking and technology research. However, what it means to engage in policymaking in our field, or the ways in which evidence from HCI studies is translated into policy, is not well understood. We report on interviews with 11 participants working at the intersection of technology research and policymaking. Analysis of this data highlights how evidence is understood and made sense of in policymaking processes, what forms of evidence are privileged over others, and the work that researchers engage in to meaningfully communicate their work to policymaking audiences. We discuss how our findings pose challenges for certain traditions of research in HCI, yet also open up new policy opportunities for those engaging in more speculative research practices. We conclude by discussing three ways forward that the HCI community can explore to increase engagement with policymaking contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative studies, Research impact, Think tanks, Public policy
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
L400 Social Policy
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38369

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