Finding Themes:
introduction to making sense

PAMF + IDEO Confidential
How do we make meaning?
It’s about finding patterns
It’s also about creating context
SYNTHESIS is finding meaning
Synthesis is the process
of making sense of field
research by bringing
patterns of informatio...
Developing a synthesis mindset

Synthesis is:
» More art than science
» Painful yet satisfying
» Magical, when it all come...
Developing a synthesis mindset

Balancing new & existing knowledge

During synthesis, it’s
important to keep an
open mind.
This is what it looks like:

2 weeks of synthesis in 3 minutes
ACTIVITY: FINDING THEMES
This activity is about bringing visibility and clarity
to human needs.
Observation: Elizabeth lab...
ACTIVITY: FINDING THEMES
Observation: Sheila, Leslie and Rick all had
trouble figuring out what a “portion” was when
makin...
ACTIVITY: FINDING THEMES
Observation: Dan and Mary had trouble
remembering what their primary care physician
told them.
Ob...
TIP: Getting Unstuck
Synthesis is challenging, messy and fluid, so it’s natural to feel
unsettled and have emotional lows....
Synthesis Guidelines
Trust in stories: Focus on the individual and
resist the urge to generalize or hypothesize.

Don’t ru...
Synthesis!
What does what you are
hearing and learning with
your patients mean?
What are patterns?
How might this informat...
The 2 by 2 diagram

See

Think

Do

Feel
The 2 by 2 diagram
2 by 2 Diagram
2 by 2 Diagram
2 by 2 Diagram
Amtrak Acela Train
Amtrak Acela Train
Amtrak Acela Train

Customer Journey
Journey Diagram
The From-To Diagram
The From-To Diagram
Let’s work in our groups
and create either a:
2 by 2 Framework
Patient Journey diagram
From-To diagram

For one or more of...
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    1. 1. Finding Themes: introduction to making sense PAMF + IDEO Confidential
    2. 2. How do we make meaning?
    3. 3. It’s about finding patterns
    4. 4. It’s also about creating context
    5. 5. SYNTHESIS is finding meaning Synthesis is the process of making sense of field research by bringing patterns of information together in a meaningful way. Successful synthesis connects multiple layers together into compelling narrative.
    6. 6. Developing a synthesis mindset Synthesis is: » More art than science » Painful yet satisfying » Magical, when it all comes together » Start with finding themes
    7. 7. Developing a synthesis mindset Balancing new & existing knowledge During synthesis, it’s important to keep an open mind.
    8. 8. This is what it looks like: 2 weeks of synthesis in 3 minutes
    9. 9. ACTIVITY: FINDING THEMES This activity is about bringing visibility and clarity to human needs. Observation: Elizabeth labels all her ointments with the body part they are for. Quote: “I keep track of all her food intake and insulin needs in my head.” - Deirdre Theme: Patients seek support in managing medication.
    10. 10. ACTIVITY: FINDING THEMES Observation: Sheila, Leslie and Rick all had trouble figuring out what a “portion” was when making a meal. Quote: “I went out and bought smaller dishes to make sure I was closer to the sizes that portions seemed to be” -Sean Theme: people need help in sticking to the right portions sizes-Sean had a work-around
    11. 11. ACTIVITY: FINDING THEMES Observation: Dan and Mary had trouble remembering what their primary care physician told them. Observation: Celia had trouble recalling what her doctor told her so she asked if she could use a little digital recorder and record the visit. Theme: People need help remembering doctors instructions-Celia had a work-around
    12. 12. TIP: Getting Unstuck Synthesis is challenging, messy and fluid, so it’s natural to feel unsettled and have emotional lows. Try to stay positive and follow these strategies when you’re stuck to get you back on track. Tell the story now. Imagine that the CEO has just walked into the room. Immediately tell them the top 5 things you learned. Tell it to a child. Imagine a 10-year-old asks you what you learned on the project. Explain it simply, without jargon. Bonus points for pictures! Spend your own money. Which insights do you think will lead to the big ideas? Where would you place your bet if it were your own money?
    13. 13. Synthesis Guidelines Trust in stories: Focus on the individual and resist the urge to generalize or hypothesize. Don’t rush the process: It may take a while to find meaning, so give it some time to emerge. Listen actively: Engagement from the whole team is critical to the process. Go past the surface: Dig deeper by asking “why?” several times. Look for patterns: Build up to the big ideas by putting together patterns along the way. Edit and filter: Don’t be afraid to let go of superfluous information or patterns that don’t move the project ahead. Play with the data: Try out many ways of slicing and dicing the information, and don’t expect each try to be successful. Build on the ideas of others: Use what others say as sparks for new thoughts. Tell it through words and pictures: Experiment with words, charts, pictures and prototypes until you have a robust way to express your thinking. Own your point of view: Don’t give up too quickly if others don’t get it; keep working at it if you feel there’s a “there” there.
    14. 14. Synthesis! What does what you are hearing and learning with your patients mean? What are patterns? How might this information be represented graphically? We call these Frameworks
    15. 15. The 2 by 2 diagram See Think Do Feel
    16. 16. The 2 by 2 diagram
    17. 17. 2 by 2 Diagram
    18. 18. 2 by 2 Diagram
    19. 19. 2 by 2 Diagram
    20. 20. Amtrak Acela Train
    21. 21. Amtrak Acela Train
    22. 22. Amtrak Acela Train Customer Journey
    23. 23. Journey Diagram
    24. 24. The From-To Diagram
    25. 25. The From-To Diagram
    26. 26. Let’s work in our groups and create either a: 2 by 2 Framework Patient Journey diagram From-To diagram For one or more of your volunteers

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