As an extension of the World Café conversation activity into a qualitative research procedure, the Knowmad Café (also known as the Education Futures Café) is a structured process in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a “table host.” A café-like ambience is created in order to facilitate conversation, and the experience is built around seven design principles that focus on sharing, discovering, and listening around questions that matter. In the Knowmad Café, data collected from conversations are used in open, inductive inqury, using a digital toolset, in which data collected from many sites and regions may be gathered to provide for comparative analysis and a more complete picture of responses to study questions.
The Knowmad Café methodology offers the following advantages:
Scalable to any number of World Café-type meetings.
Designed for research with reporting tools to help make sense of data collected.
Focused on quality, providing enhanced training for table hosts, who are invited to step into a greater role as Table Investigators, with an understanding of the research process, their roles, and expectations for quality of data submitted. By providing a standardized, Web-based reporting platform that leverages the wisdom of crowds, project research leadership teams are able to review data quickly and dual-code/review submissions to ensure data collection quality standards are met.
Enables comparative analysis between and among meeting sites and regions.
Implements an efficient workflow ensures analysis and reporting may be completed in a timely manner.
Built for transparency and open data access. Each project is assigned an access key, allowing researchers and project sponsors to provide perpetual access to research data. Through use of an access key, project owners can choose to make their data publically available or restrict access to their designated keyholders.
Plays well with others, allowing researchers to export data summaries and charts to commonly used formats by other applications (e.g., Excel, CSV, PDF, jpeg).