Survey the moment

The PIEL (Participation In Everyday Life) app was developed as a tool for the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), also known as Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA). It was developed with the assistance of researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney with the assistance of Vision Australia.

Experience sampling methods are 'in the moment' and thus do not rely on respondents' retrospection or memory.

This app has been designed to utilise the accessibility features of iDevices. It requires iOS 5 and above. It allows a researcher to create a survey, which can then be distributed in 2 ways.

  • install it directly into the App on an iDevice
  • email it to a participant to install into the App previously downloaded onto their own iDevice

Once the survey has been activated, an alert notifies a participant when a survey is due. They respond and the survey opens. The App presents a set of questions and records and timestamps their responses. When the participant finishes the survey, the App sleeps until the next scheduled survey is due. The same question set is used for each survey run within a project.

Thanks to the following people who helped in the development of the PIEL App.

  • Glenda Jessup
  • Steve Bian
  • Yu-Wei Chen
  • Anita Bundy

Publications

The PIEL app has been used in many research programs and some of the publications are listed below.

Sampling Social Experiences in School: Feasibility of Experience Sampling Methodology on an iPlatform.

Glenda M Jessup, Anita C Bundy, Alex Broom & Nicola Hancock

Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment: Volume 6, Number 1, 2013

A preliminary study on the reliability and validity of using experience sampling method in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Yu-Wei Chen, Reine Cordier & Nicole Brown

Developmental Neurorehabilitation, Early Online: 1-7

Feasibility and usability of experience sampling methodology for capturing everyday experiences of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Chen, Y.W., Bundy, A., Cordier, R., & Einfeld, S. (2014)

Disability and Health Journal, 7, 361-366.

A preliminary study on the reliability and validity of using experience sampling method in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Chen, Y.W., Cordier, R., & Brown, N. (2015)

Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 18, 383-389. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2013.855274

Motivation for everyday social participation in cognitively able individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Chen, Y.W., Bundy, A., Cordier, R., Chien, Y.L., & Einfeld, S. (2015)

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 11, 2699–2709.

Piloting the use of experience sampling method to investigate the everyday social experiences of children with Asperger syndrome/ high functioning autism.

Cordier, R., Brown, N., Chen, Y.W., Wilkes-Gillan, S., & Falkmer, T. (2016)

Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19, 103-110. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2014.915244

A cross-cultural exploration of the everyday social participation of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Australia and Taiwan: An experience sampling study.

Chen, Y.W., Bundy, A., Cordier, R., Chien, Y.L., & Einfeld, S. (2016)

Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1362361316636756

The experience of social participation in everyday contexts among individuals with autism spectrum disorders: An experience sampling study.

Chen, Y.W., Bundy, A., Cordier, R., Chien, Y.L., & Einfeld, S. (2016)

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 1403-1414. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2682-4

Standing and powered wheelchair functions.

Young, H., Herbert, K., & , Paguinto, S (2016)

Allied Health Telehealth Virtual Education (presentation)

Questioning the power of higher education. Taking the long way from in taking knowledge to building enjoyable learning experiences

Manasia, L (2016)

Proceedings of ICVL, 2016 p131

Effect of Mythic Primers on Psychological Well-Being.

Conners, J., & Martin, L (2017)

CURO Symposium, University of Georgia, 2017, page 74

The social experiences of high school students with visual impairments.

Jessup, G., Bundy, A. C., Broom, A., & Hancock, N. (2017)

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 111(1), 5-19.