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Using the Day Reconstruction Method to Inform Policy: A Practical Guide

This guide aims to facilitate the application of naturalistic monitoring for the purpose of understanding and developing more effective behavioural policy interventions. Naturalistic monitoring involves collecting data from everyday life, observing people’s behaviours and experiences in real-world settings. The Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) is highlighted as a cost-effective tool for conducting such monitoring on a large scale. This guide is valuable for those interested in analysing everyday experiences, behaviours, or decisions in real-world contexts. However, it may not be suitable for those interested in studying stable aspects of life like attitudes or general preferences. The guide outlines the key characteristics of naturalistic monitoring, presents and discusses the DRM, and provides a six-step process for designing DRM studies. It also demonstrates how the DRM can be used to evaluate and design policy interventions with example results.

For more information, see: DRM Research Method – Guide – EnvEcon 2020

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