Ad-hoc or short term communities provide you with a lot of flexibility through the robustness of the tools available on platforms like Recollective. Using these platforms, conducting agile qualitative research can quickly become your ‘go to’ methodology, but it’s not without challenges. Considerations to balance against that flexibility are questions about the appropriate types of activities, how much you should be asking participants to do on a daily basis and the length of time your project should run.
Getting these things clear in your mind when scoping and designing your project are crucial. If not, there could be cost implications, timing implications and there is potential for participants and your own researchers to be stretched too thin.
We've run thousands of projects on Recollective and had a chance to observe what works and what doesn't. Here are a few tips based on that experience to help guide you: