Sense: sensitive topics and vulnerable people

 Revealing sensitivities through language

We conduct many projects on emotional, sensitive or challenging topics, and are very experienced interviewing people who are disabled or distressed.  Some examples:

  • customers who are in difficult or challenging circumstances of various kinds,
  • victims of crimes such as investment fraud, burglary or assault,
  • people who have been denied welfare, or who have sought compensation,
  • older people facing decisions about health and aged care,
  • people with disabilities and illnesses,
  • people worried about pap smears or embarrassed by things like facial scarring.

How we do it

This can be qualitative or quantitative research. Qualitatively, these are reflective, listening-based projects relying heavily on one-on-one interviewing. We custom-design projective and expressive techniques to help people recollect and reflect.

Who we do this for

Government and not-for-profit organisations, personal care and wellness companies, and for product manufacturers or service providers who help people with sensitive or difficult problems.

Case study

Emotions drive decision-making for many products and services. Some emotions are obvious, but others run deep and are often complex, so we use a range of techniques and methods to help people explain how they feel. One of our insights has been to focus on the metaphors that people use. For example, some people who took part in in-depth interviews with us with frequently used 'building' metaphors to explain how they had been treated by a service provider- they had been 'screwed', and 'pushed around' - effectively telling us that they felt they had been treated like objects, which in turn made them passive. 

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Tags: Emotions research, Sensibilities, Government research, Social research, Not-for-profits, Personal care, Wellness, Ageing

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