IA Summit 2007, March 22-26 at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Main conference presentation

A Delphi approach to card sorting

Celeste Lyn Paul

Sunday March 25 2007, 4:00 - 4:45PM

Card sorting is a common IA activity which aids in information design. It can be a valuable tool in discovering important information patterns and testing the suitability of category organization labels. Although a widely used method, it has disadvantages which potentially effect how difficult results are to obtain as well as how reliable.

The Delphi method is an interactive forecasting technique which incorporates the philosophical argument methods of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis in order to reach an unbiased consensus from a group of experts or users. It has been successfully applied to interviewing techniques, and has the potential to be applied to card sort methods. Some benefits of this adaptation could be the need for fewer participants or more reliable results.

This presentation will introduce the Delphi method and how it can be applied to card sorting, as well as discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages. It is suitable for practitioners of all levels, however familiarity with card sorting and testing methods is recommended.

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IA Summit 2007