Health Sciences: Where is research needed in the future?
Citizens expect that science contributes towards solving societal problems. But how can you allow a focused, high-quality dialogue, where scientists can learn about the real problems in order to focus their research on finding new solutions to these needs?
The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, an independent Austrian research incubator with 600 employees mainly working within the Health Sciences, asked itself this question. They wanted to capture detailed input from society for the under researched area of mental illnesses given one in five citizens will have a mental illness during his/her lifetime. Despite this high number of illnesses, there is still much to be researched.
Solutions by winnovation
- Together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, winnovation developed a customized problem-crowdsourcing process – because one can not only get ideas from the crowd, but can also identify problems.
- Not only was the core issue precisely defined and tested (which should be made available to the population), but this was also decomposed into sub questions to appeal directly to the target group – patients, as well as family members, nurses, doctors and therapists.
- winnovation designed the entire crowdsourcing process and accompanied its technical implementation, up to the analysis and evaluation of submissions.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft was surprised to receive almost 400 very high quality contributions from affected persons, family members and experts, despite the fact that mental illness are taboo. The contributions provided an important indication of the starting points for research and what questions are particularly relevant for the mentally ill, their social environment, and for the experts.
All contributions were analysed by winnovation and technical specialists for mental illness, and the most important key “problem areas“ were then identified and categorized.
These will be evaluated through a combination of crowd voting and expert jury assessment, and presented at the end of 2015 to the population and the scientific community. The aim is to initiate new research projects based on the new and highly relevant questions sourced from society for society.