Our network of local moderators, recruiters and facility-providers enable us to meet the linguistic and geographic challenges of conducting pan-Indian research. We handpick the people whom we collaborate with, to ensure that our work ethics and quality is never compromised. For multi country research projects or research outside India, we partner with local research agencies or individual researchers who share Anagram’s worth ethic and focus on quality.
Our consulting approach has evolved over more than a decade:
Collaborative and structured planning; Flexible and iterative implementation
We are structured and collaborative and involve you right from initial project planning, through the actual process of conducting a study and sharing the findings. We believe that the strength and relevance of research lies in clearly defined objectives, collaborative planning and a flexible research plan that assimilates stakeholder and consumer inputs.
Research insights that are thought provoking and actionable
We understand the correlation and overlaps between design and research. Our research insights are thought provoking and actionable, geared towards inspiring design and providing design direction.
Customized and inspiring research approach and presentation
We strive to move beyond the basic techniques and outputs of usability and design research and staid research documentation. We innovate and tweak traditional research methods, to best meet each client’s individual research objectives and to suit the cultural context. Out of the box visual aids and cultural probes are often used to encourage our research participants to share their thoughts and experiences more easily. By framing our findings in a fresh and unique way, our work aims to be inspirational and engaging.
Multiple engagement models
We have in place different engagement models, to ensure that every customer’s unique requirement is met:
- Fixed time projects
This works best for clients who have specific research requirements that they want completely taken care of by an external research partner. Fixed time projects typically range from 1 – 3 months. Anagram Research recommends a research approach, based on your unique business objectives and the stage of product development you are currently at. We keep in mind the context in which your product or service is intended to be used. At times we recommend a combination of different methods to best address your specific goals.
- On-going consultation
As a usability and design expert, Anagram Research works with clients who need on-going feedback and recommendations on their product or service ease of use. We can collaborate with your in-house design and development teams or with external partners, to ensure compliance with global usability standards.
- Project linked mentoring
We can train your in-house team by mentoring and guiding them on specific projects. These ‘Learning Projects’ assure you a high quality research deliverable as well as a team trained in the specific research methods employed during the project.
Research collaboration with Anagram Research can work in multiple ways:
Indian Design / Research consultancies, Large organizations
We can partner with you for the duration needed, in instances where your in-house team does not have the band width or expertise to handle a large or complex research project.
Global Design / Research consultancies
Anagram Research can guide or create a research framework that is relevant in an India specific cultural context. As a local research partner, we can compliment a larger global team doing research in India or entirely run the research for you in India.
Pre-Fielding / On-Field Cultural Immersion
The aim here is to allow global researchers unfamiliar with India, gain a better understanding of local context and people – During or prior to beginning field work. Each immersive experience is unique, will be designed based on your specific research objectives, interest areas and can include opportunities to both observe and interact.
Cultural immersion activities could include:
- A walk or visit to specific locations of interest
- Contextual and informal interactions with target users
- Opportunities to participate in local / season specific activities of interest
During cultural immersion, you can ask to be accompanied by a local expert / researcher who will be able to discuss topics of interest and provide insight into any questions you have.
Our workshops are high impact and tailor made to meet diverse client requirements.
We customize our material, keeping in mind our audience’s current level of expertise in research and usability / The skills they need to learn and the time they have available / The service and product context and work processes.
We currently offer workshops in the following areas:
- Expert based evaluation methods
- User based evaluation methods
- Design Research
Free / Subsidized workshops
Anagram Research offers workshops in Usability Testing at a subsidized rate and a free one day workshop on human centered design to Bangalore based startups.
The HCD workshop uses the process and tools developed by IDEO.org and is available for public non-commercial use under a creative commons license – http://plusacumen.org/courses/design-kit-facilitators-guide-to-introducing-human-centered-design/
If you are a startup and would like to know more about these initiatives, please reach out to us.
We can empower in-house teams to start running their own usability and research studies.
Usability testing artifacts
To get your internal teams research ready, we can train and equip them with custom made and high grade usability testing artefacts. Usability testing artifacts include all documentation and tools required to plan, conduct and document findings of a qualitative usability study and can include checklists, templates, protocols and guides.
Team mentorship program
For clients wanting to build in-house research capability, Anagram Research can help get on board, train and mentor entry level researchers.
Our mentorship model includes:
- Locating, shortlisting and helping clients interview potential candidates.
- Providing training and mentoring over a fixed period of time – on specific projects being worked on.