Setting up your research repository

It pays off to invest some time into the setup of your research repository early on to get the maximum value. So if you are introducing Condens as a research repository in your organization this onboarding article will guide you through the main steps of the setup.

We recommend having one person who is responsible for the setup and who is the point of contact for questions about the repository in the organization.

Here is a checklist of the tasks which are explained in more detail below:

  1. (Optional) Create separate workspaces

  2. Invite the team & do a kick-off

  3. Set up Workspace integrations

  4. Set up data structures and templates

  5. Import existing research data

1. (Optional) Create separate workspaces

This first step is optional and won't be necessary for many organizations, but it significantly impacts the following steps of the setup. You can create multiple workspaces if certain projects and data should be stored separately. This option is typically used by agencies working with multiple clients or if in-house research teams have truly distinct streams of research. Read more about this option and how to activate it here.

2. Invite the team & do a kick-off

An important step is to invite coworkers to Condens. There are different user roles depending on the level of involvement e.g. active collaborators or read-only stakeholders (see an overview of user roles).

We recommend inviting the people who actively collaborate on data analysis early on and do a joint kick-off to get everyone up to speed. Condens offers personal onboarding with all plans, so just reach out to us to schedule yours.

Before you invite stakeholders to the repository, import some data to avoid stakeholders come into an empty tool. Convincing coworkers of a new tool is a lot easier if they can immediately see something there.

Tip: To minimize the barrier of entry, you can use Single Sign-on so people don't need to create a username and password but can log in with one click.

3. Set up Workspace integrations

Integrations support the efficient flow of data to and from Condens, ensuring that your repository fits into your existing landscape of tools.

While Individual integrations can be configured by every researcher individually and are only active for themselves, Workspace integrations are active for all researchers in the workspace and have to be activated by administrators. You can find a list of integrations and instructions on how to activate them here.

4. Set up data structures and templates

A useful research repository lets researchers and stakeholders find relevant information quickly. The way data is structured can facilitate or complicate that search for information. That's why we recommend taking some time to define how data is structured in your repository.

There are three dimensions to structure data in Condens: projects, participants and tags. We'll go through them one by one and explain how to adapt them to your organization.

Project information fields

These are the meta-data fields for projects helping to keep them organized and searchable. Thus the data fields on this level should apply to the entire project. Examples could be the research method, product area concerned, or country where the study takes place.

Project information fields apply to all projects and work as a template for newly created ones. Read about the details of using project information fields here.

Participant information fields

These are the meta-data fields for participants. They help to both find research participants in the Participant Pool based on certain criteria and filter/sort data based on participant attributes (e.g. in global tags). Participant information fields can for example be used for contact information, profession, products used, persona, or experience level of a person.

Participant info fields apply to all participants and thus serve as a template for newly created participants. You can find more details on how to create them in this article about the Participant Pool.

Global tags

Tags are used to categorize the actual research data. Specifically, global tags are those that are available in every project and thereby connect evidence across studies. We suggest that you set up a first set of global tags to start with and then reevaluate them in a few months. If you're working in Condens as a team, you may want to have a short meeting to decide on the first set of global tags jointly. It’s important that everyone on the team understands the tags and uses them consistently to get the best results.

We highly recommend this article about building a taxonomy that explains the principles behind a good tag structure in detail and shows examples of other companies.

Tip: Do a review of the data structure after 2-3 months to reflect and improve things that don't work so well yet.

5. Import existing research data

Oftentimes there is existing research data that should go to the repository to ensure there is one central place for research. We recommend following the two-step process below before importing past research.

Note: If you're switching from another repository tool to Condens, reach out to us and we'll help you with the migration.

Step 1: Which studies to import?

Firstly, it’s about deciding which studies to import. You can save a lot of time by disregarding those studies that are outdated and therefore irrelevant. Typically it's sufficient to only import those studies with a foundational character and thus a longer shelf life.

Step 2: What part of the study to import?

Next, you want to consider which parts of the data from a study you need. One option is to only import the findings as a PDF or presentation to the Conclusion - all text within these files is searchable in Condens. Here’s a guide on how that works. Importing only the findings into Condens is a lot quicker than importing all raw data but doesn’t allow to tag or reference data in other projects in Condens.

If you decide to import the raw data, there are two options:

  • If available, you can upload the recordings and let Condens generate transcripts of these. Then you can use the full functionality of Condens with tagging and video clips.

  • If you have the transcripts as text or just some notes, you can bring them into the notes section of Condens with copy & paste. From here you can start to tag the text and build your Conclusions with the highlights.

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