On-site scenario groups: From lab to life

Date of publication: November 18, 2014


The task: Evaluate hospitality, cleanliness, safety, and announcements of Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national rail. The answer: This study was not conducted in a clinical facility where experiences and expectations were explored retrospectively to evaluate the gap between ‘real experience’ and ‘ideal experience'. This study went a step further: Deutsche Bahn provided a train where ‘on–site scenario groups’ were conducted. During these groups, a train attendant acted as stimulus for hospitality. Safety was evaluated by bringing respondents into an uncomfortable situation: hooligans interrupted discussions and made the moderator leave to get help. These and other scenarios provided an authentic, emotional feedback and helped Deutsche Bahn understand the needs of their clients with more depth.

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