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Mark Zachry

Autumn 2021

Translating Research to Practice: Visualizations for Foster Care Practitioners

Note: This DRG is planned for in-person meetings following UW guidelines for classes, which may involve a transition to remote meetings if necessary.

Co-directed by Dr. Mark Zachry and PhD student John Fowler

Are you curious about how to visually communicate research findings in the context of a specific audience? Are you interested in the foster care system? In this DRG, we intend to explore the intersection of these two domains through a visualization-focused survey of foster care research.

We are looking for students during Fall quarter to help with a study aimed at understanding how visualizations are used in research on the experiences of foster youth. We are particularly interested in gaining insight around how social workers understand research related to the foster youth transition period out of the foster care system and into adulthood. As part of this research, we will be reading literature on foster youth with a specific focus on how visualizations are used by practitioners in the child welfare system. This Fall quarter, our primary venture as a group will be doing a survey of how visualizations are used in foster care research and beginning the design of a user study to better understand how practitioners in this field make sense of visualizations. Opportunity to optionally continue with designing and carrying out a study will be available for students in the Winter and Spring quarters of 2022.

We are looking for a maximum of 8 students who have experience with or a desire to learn about (1) visualization techniques; (2) user studies; and (3) foster care.

The DRG will be conducted as in-person, on campus meetings every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. 

This is a 2-credit research group offered to undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596) students. This DRG filled to capacity on Monday, September 27.

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