"…real, concrete facts about what works …": integrating evaluation and design through patterns

Elizabeth Guy

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Recent CSCW research has focused on methods for evaluating usability, rather than the more problematic evaluation of systems in use. A possible approach to the integration of use, design and evaluation is through the representation of evaluation findings as design-oriented models. A method is described for modeling computer-supported cooperative work and its context: a design patterns language, based on the principles of activity theory. The language is the outcome of an evaluation of the evolving use of tools to support collaborative information sharing, carried out at a global NGO.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGroup 2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventGroup 2005 - Sanibel Island, Florida, USA
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


ConferenceGroup 2005
Period1/01/05 → …

Bibliographical note

This is the author’s version of the paper and is not for re-distribution. The final version is published by the ACM in the Proceedings of GROUP’05,
November 6–9, 2005, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. Copyright 2005 ACM.


  • Modeling computer-supported cooperative work
  • evaluation
  • activity theory
  • pattern languages
  • activity patterns


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