Public Outcomes of Publicly Funded Socio-Technical Projects: Reflections on Empowerment, Participation, and Researcher Responsibility

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In this short essay, we present our reflections on public outcomes of publicly funded socio-technical projects in relevance to discussions on empowerment, participation, and researcher responsibility in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Our work offers a reflective analysis and raises critical questions for further communal discussion about the life of research projects when the funding ends. When a publicly funded research project for empowering users comes to an end, how do we as HCI researchers measure the social impact of our interventions? What are the public outcomes and what are our responsibilities after we leave the field? To address these questions, first, we introduce two publicly funded socio-technical projects, situate our work with respect to current discourse on empowering users in HCI, present findings and insights based on our analysis of the projects, and conclude with a set of questions that are intended to further communal discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHTTF 2019: Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
EditorsJoel E. Fischer, Sarah Martindale, Martin Porcheron, Stuart Reeves, Jocelyn Spence
Number of pages3
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2019
Article number3363480
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7203-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventHalfway to the Future Symposium - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201920 Nov 2019


ConferenceHalfway to the Future Symposium
LandUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • Empowerment, Power, Researcher responsibility

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