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Record number 540797
Title Spatial decision support systems: Exploring differences in pilot-testing with students vs. professionals
Author(s) Rodela, Romina; Pérez-Soba, Marta; Bregt, Arnold; Verweij, Peter
Source Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 72 (2018). - ISSN 0198-9715 - p. 204 - 211.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2018.06.011
Department(s) Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Alterra - Earth informatics
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Convenience sampling - Decision-making - Environmental issues - Pilot-testing - Spatial decision support systems - Students as research subjects
Abstract

This study explores the implications of engaging students, versus professionals/experts, in pilot-testing of SDSS, and discusses likely differences in terms of expected outcomes for the given pilot-test. To this end we use data collected during two pilot tests of a novel SDSS that was developed by members of our project team. The pilot-tests were done with two different groups; one made of 13 doctoral students, while the other of 12 professionals/stakeholders. The pilot-test served to gather feedback on SDSS usability and other aspects of interest to the development team. On the basis of the outcomes obtained we develop an analytical framework meant to summarise what we come to notice as key aspects distinguishing how different types of testers will engage in an SDSS pilot-test, and the type of feedback these will consequently provide. These key aspects include expertise, stage of life, and institutional context (ESI). This framework could offer some help to other teams in planning, organizing, and delivering pilot-test, and processing the assessments received.

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