A Graphic and Tactile Data Elicitation Tool for Qualitative Research: The Life Story Board

  • Javier Mignone The University of Manitoba
  • Robert M. Chase The University of Manitoba
  • Kerstin Roger The University of Manitoba
Keywords: Life Story Board, data elicitation, interview, diagrammatic elicitation, visual elicitation, data collection

Abstract

Data collection methods for qualitative research are varied and have a rich history. The Life Story Board (LSB) is a game board-like tool that is used to construct a visual representation of a person's narrative and his/her related context. In our study, we comparatively assessed the LSB as a data elicitation tool for social science research. We reviewed eight Canadian research projects that have used the LSB as data elicitation tool for qualitative research and assessed the LSB on the feasibility of its use, on its effectiveness to elicit information, on aspects that facilitate and/or hinder its use, and how it compares with conventional interview approaches. Our findings suggest that the LSB can be used with study participants of different gender, age, ethnicity, and life circumstances; that it is effective as a data elicitation tool, and that it facilitates engagement with interviewees, without presenting any major hindrances.

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Author Biographies

Javier Mignone, The University of Manitoba

Javier MIGNONE, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He conducts research and development projects on intercultural health and health information with indigenous partners in Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Dominica and Canada. Dr. MIGNONE is part of the research team that studies the Life Story Board as a tool for research and counseling.

Robert M. Chase, The University of Manitoba

Robert M. CHASE, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. His medical specialty is public health and preventive medicine with clinical practice in occupational health. His area of research is the Vidaview Life Story Board, a visual interview tool he has produced for professional counselors and applied research.

Kerstin Roger, The University of Manitoba

Kerstin Stieber ROGER, Ph.D., is associate professor and director of the Undergraduate Studies Program at the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Her current research focuses on family and community interfacing with informal and formal health care systems including topics in aging, chronic illness, HIV, and wellness. Dr. ROGER created and leads the Qualitative Research Group (QRG) at the University of Manitoba.

Published
2019-05-25
How to Cite
Mignone, J., Chase, R. M., & Roger, K. (2019). A Graphic and Tactile Data Elicitation Tool for Qualitative Research: The Life Story Board. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.2.3136