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Study of participation and co-creation practices in health care technology development.


Participatory Design, Co-Creation, health care, Participatory Research, HCI, CSCW


The research project CoCre-HIT (short for Co-Creation and Sustainable Participation in the Development of Hybrid Health IT; more info on CoCre-HIT at https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/?page_id=14 and www.cocre-hit.de) aims to analyze co-creative methods in research projects as well as interdisciplinary and cross-project collaboration.

In the course of the first analyses it has already become apparent that in different research projects completely different understandings and approaches are pursued in this respect.

For this reason, we offer topic-related project and final theses in the field of “Participation and Co-Creation”.


User participation is particularly important in the healthcare sector in order to develop the best possible end product and to provide the highest possible added value for the healthcare system and its stakeholders. There are different types, forms and degrees of participation. These range from one-time surveys for requirements gathering or feedback to continuous iterative collaboration with end users as co-researchers. A literature review and empirical study on the following topics is conceivable here:

  • Participation and co-creation with older people.
  • Participation and co-creation with vulnerable persons
  • Living Labs / Siegener Prax Labs

Thus, the task can be both a literature study on mentioned topics, but also an empirical study, for example by conducting interviews with different researchers on mentioned topics. What are experiences from past research projects? Where are challenges? What are learnings? At what points in time are co-researchers involved and how?


  • Interest in participatory approaches (participatory design, community-based participatory research)
  • Independent work, commitment
  • Previous experience in qualitative field research and empiricism desirable
  • Knowledge of participation and co-creation desirable

Target group

Students of the HCI, business informatics or related courses.


The scope is based on the course and format (thematic project or final theses).


According to the arrangement


Tim Weiler (M.Sc.)
 Research assistant „CoCre-HIT“

Wirtschaftsinformatik/IT for the ageing society
 University of Siegen, Fakulty III
 Kohlbettstraße 15
 57072 SiegenRoom: US-E 116 (Campus Unteres Schloss) 
 Phone: 0271 740-5516
 E-Mail: tim.weiler@uni-siegen.de