Consultation

Insitu values collaboration and the opportunity to share expertise with those that seek it. We hope you will take advantage of Insitu’s consultation services, which are provided to students and student groups at no cost.

Insitu consultants have deep experience in research, teaching, and industry applications.  We are are currently offering consultations on the following topics:


Not sure how your project or research fits into our consultation service? Don’t know where to start?
Book a “Consultation Prep” session with one of Insitu’s Assistant Directors.

Communication

Book a communication consultation for help articulating your vision, describing your goals to the community you are working with, documenting and communicating about your design process, and presenting your work to others in a clear and concise way.

Consultants can guide you in communicating with partner communities through:

  • Oral, Written, and Digital Storytelling
  • Mission Statements & Describing your Purpose

And in communicating about your project outside the community:

  • Photography and Project Documentation
  • Presentation Development and Execution
  • Design Review Documentation & Grant Proposals Review

 

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Community Engagement

A community engagement consultation will help you successfully build, maintain, and exit with a respectful, effective, and meaningful partnership with a community.

Our Community Engagement Consultants can guide you in:

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Entering, Exiting, and Engaging with Communities
  • Identity Mapping & Eliminating Assumptions
  • Identifying Stakeholders

 

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Design Process & Methods

Our Design Process & Methods Consultations can help you understand the design process and how it maps to your project’s needs. We want you to be thoughtful, rigorous, allow for creativity, and stick to studied and proven methods.

Our Consultants are available to guide you in:

  • Design Process Overview
  • Design Ethnography skills and techniques
  • Interviewing
  • Observations
  • Iterative Design Concepts

 

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Qualitative Research Methods

Performing qualitative research will help you gain a deep understanding of a specific situation or problem in a direct, culturally specific, data driven way.

Our Consultants can guide you in:

  • Participant Observations
  • In-Depth Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Incorporating qualitative data analysis into design decisions

 

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Information Gathering

Need help gathering information for a project or research? Seek help from one of our consultants, who can point you toward the right resources on and off campus.
  • Literature Review
  • Benchmarking
  • Stakeholder Perspective Elicitation

 

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Context Assessment

Every individual, community, or problem exsts in a broader social, political, and environmental context. In the design process, analyzing context is important for thoroughly understanding the problem and possible approaches to it.

Insitu’s Consultants can offer guidance in:

  • Thinking more broadly about context
  • Identifying specific contextual factors related to your problem
  • Developing new questions based on contextual analysis

 

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Needs Assessment

As a designer, you will need a strategy for identifying the needs, priorities, and of your partner community to inform your project.

Insitu’s Consultants can offer guidance in:

  • Needs Finding
  • Needs Filtering
  • Needs Statements

 

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Sustainability Assessment

Before beginning to design for technology sustainability, it’s important to develop a holistic view of sustainability and the ability to evaluate sustainability claims and perceptions.

Our Consultants can help you with:

  • Frameworks for discussing sustainability and sustainable design
  • Understanding social sustainability
  • Evaluating the sustainability of a technology system

 

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Requirements and Specifications

Insitu Consultants can help you develop concise requirements and specifications to guide your project that are culturally appropriate and defined by the users.

Our Consultants can help you with:

  • Elicitating requirements
  • Translating requirement to engineering specifications
  • Performing usability testing on reqs/specs
  • Determining sustainability of your project

 

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Concept Development

After selecting a need or problem to focus on, it is time to figure out how to address it. A Concept Development Consultation can help you generate ideas and select potential directions for your project.

Our Consultants can help you with:

  • Concept Generation           
  • Concept Selection
  • Creative Thinking and Strengthening Creativity
  • Strategies for Divergent Thinking

 

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Design Teams

Collaboration can be challenging. Book a consultation as a team leader or as a full team to get help with strategies for working together, de-briefing, and moving forward as a group.

Our consultants can help in:

  • Project Management & Leadership
  • Building an effective team
  • Reflection and De-brief Strategies
  • Team Building and understanding group dynamics
  • Resolving Conflict

 

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Fieldwork

Are you ready to travel and work directly with a community? Insitu Consultants can point you to resources to plan your trip and make sure you and your team stay safe.

Our consultants can offer guidance with:

  • Fieldwork Planning
  • Health Safety and Security

 

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Building & Prototyping

Do you need to build or refine your making skills? Insitu consultants have skills in a variety of design and production strategies.

Our Consultants can offer help with:

  • 3D Printing
  • Electrical Design
  • Materials Selection
  • Mechanical Design
  • Software (AutoCAD, MATLAB, Solidworks)
  • Physical Prototype Creation

 

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Social Venture Creation

Interested in building your project into a social venture, business, or organization? Insitu consultants can help you analyze markets, develop a business model, and review grant or funding applications.

Our consultants can speak with you about:

  • Business Model Development
  • Customer & Market Analysis
  • Identifying Opportunities

 

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Don’t see your need above? Click on our consultants below to discover other expertise areas. Need a quick response? Contact us at insitu-info@umich.edu


Expertise

If you are a UM student, researcher, or faculty member facing a challenge that we can advise on, please review our consultants and schedule a meeting. Appointments can be hosted in person, via internet video, or through email. If you’re not sure about scheduling an appointment or which consultant might best suit your needs, please contact us at insitu-info@umich.edu.