If you’re affected by dementia we’d love you to try using one of our apps and then tell us what you think.
The first Dementia Citizens apps are ready to be put through their paces! If you’re affected by dementia we’d love you to try using one of our apps and then tell us what you think. We’ll use your feedback to improve the apps, before they launch later this year.
￼Dementia Citizens is a new project that aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens will help you to:
To take part and test the first apps, we’re looking for people who:
Use the apps
We’ve made 2 apps that are designed for people living with dementia and their carers. We’ll ask you to use one of these apps for 2 weeks:
While you’re using the apps you’ll occasionally be prompted to answer some questions about how you’re feeling.
We’ll also invite a small number of people to take part in a follow up interview. If you say yes, one of our design researchers will visit you in your own home. They’ll ask you some questions about your experience of using the app over the 2 weeks. An interview will take approximately 2 hours and will take place on the 10th, 13th or 14th June 2016.
On the week of May 31st we’ll phone a small number of people to ask if you’re willing to take part in an interview. If you are, we’ll set a date and a time to visit you. You don’t have to take part in a follow up interview if you don’t want to.
If you use the apps for 2 weeks, we will:
If you’re interested in taking part or finding out more, please contact me - Alli Suddaby, Dementia Citizens Programme Manager, on [email protected] or 07766 242750.
What will happen next
If you contact us to say you’re interested in taking part in this research, we’ll get in touch to:
Why are we carrying out this user testing?
It’s important to us that people with dementia, their families and carers, are at the heart of the development process.
We’ll use data about how you have used the apps, and feedback - good and bad - from people who took part in follow up interviews to improve the first two Dementia Citizens apps before they launch in July 2016.
Who will carry out the follow-up interviews?
If you agree to take part in an interview a researcher from Ctrl Group, a design research company for healthcare, will visit you. Ctrl Group is working with Nesta to design and build the Dementia Citizens website and smartphone apps. If you agree, the researcher will record the interview conversation so that we can listen again to better understand your feedback.
What will happen to my information?
All information collected during this user testing will be kept confidential. The only people that will be able to view the data are those involved in designing and building Dementia Citizens. This includes Ctrl Group and our research app partners - Bangor University, Book of You, Glasgow Caledonian University and Playlist for Life.
When you use the apps we’ll collect information about:
We won’t collect the actual materials that you add to the app. This means that if you’re testing the Book of You project we won’t see any of the photos, text or audio that you add to your book.
Information about how you used the app will be shared with the design team on this project to improve the apps. We won’t share your information with anyone else.
What’s next after the user testing?
After the user testing, we’ll spend some time improving the apps based on your feedback. Then, in July 2016, we’ll launch updated versions of these apps to use. If you use the apps at that time, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a research study that will help us learn more about caring for dementia.
We hope that you’ll have enjoyed using the apps during the user testing and will be back to use them again in July!