The PIEL Survey App is designed to gather survey data from people in their daily lives. This allows a more complete understanding of a participant's thoughts and feelings than traditional survey methods. The app can be used in an academic research environment or in detailed market research.
The researcher can set a number of different styles of questions and schedule prompts for a participant to respond to the survey.
This approach to collecting data is known as Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) or Experience Sampling Method (ESM). These methods are recognized as a powerful tool which minimizes recall bias and allows detailed study of influences on behavior. The importance of being "in the moment" means that web based surveys are of limited use and that a survey application delivered and notified by a mobile device the preferred option.
The PIEL Survey has been used in research projects in a wide range of universities and research institutions. The app has many privacy and confidentiality features that will facilitate an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee application.
Researchers at the following institutions have published or presented results and many more are ongoing.
We are aware of 3 doctoral dissertations and one master's dissertation which collected data using the PIEL App.