Grant winners - 23 October 2014

October 23, 2014

Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

The gaseous universe in realistic cosmological simulations

A developmental evolutionary quantitative genetic theory

Exploration of new science and technology in novel layered materials

From holographic space time to condensed matter and back

 

National Institute for Health Research

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

A comprehensive profile and comparative analysis of the characteristics, patient experience and community value of the classic community hospital situated in contrasting contexts and communities

Health Technology Assessment Programme

ROCkeTS – refining ovarian cancer test accuracy scores

A multi-centre randomised trial to establish the effect(s) of routine administration of Fluoxetine in patients with a recent stroke

 

Economic and Social Research Council

Transformers 2: changing the face of social science

Understanding cognition in middle adulthood

Neurogenetics and differential susceptibility to criminogenic social environments: how do young people develop and express crime propensities?

Understanding and optimising health-related press releases as complex public health interventions

In detail

Award winner: Nathaniel Tkacz
Institution: University of Warwick
Value: £184,651

Interrogating the dashboard: data, indicators and decision-making

This project investigates the use, function and design of dashboard screen interfaces across government, civil society and everyday life. Nathaniel Tkacz, assistant professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, said that the motivation for the project came at the end of 2012.

“David Cameron tested a new ‘No 10 Dashboard’ on his iPad,” he said. “This type of interface – individualised, portable, with dynamic content – seemed highly suggestive as to the transformative role of technology in governance and decision-making. We started tracking and documenting the types and uses of dashboards and found they were being used in most large organisations. However, studies of interfaces were few and limited to specific fields.”

The team hopes to discover how they transform decision-making practices: “We will also consider how dashboards can be incorporated into research methods and outputs in the social sciences and humanities.”

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