User Research Reports: Six Data Points to Create a ‘User Research History’

As a user experience consultant, a fair amount of time at the beginning of a project reading any existing user research reports. These reports help understand the user research history of the project (i.e. the user research done in the past, the outcome and what, if anything was identified for further exploration). For small and relatively simple projects these reports are fairly easy to thread together. But for large and more complex projects that involve multiple user experience professionals conducting user experience activities in parallel, tracing the user research history just six months after the project is complicated and can sometimes be challenging.

Here are the six data points that the author recommends including in a user research report to help build a user research history for the project.

User Research Reports: Six Data Points to Create a ‘User Research History’