- Participants gain a knowledge of the target groups, audiences, and community members involved in an activity.
- Participants gain analytical skills.
- Participants improve their empathy.
1. Short Description
To develop the persona, give a short raw description by answering the following questions about the imagined person:
- Age, gender
- Marital status
- Beliefs and values
- Social role(s)
- Position in the social hierarchy
- Personal network, memberships
2. Add deeper information:
In the next step, gather information about the following aspects:
'Motivations. goals, needs
- What are motivations, goals, and needs of actual people?
- What are their challenges?
- What emotions and passions are involved?
- Opinions, emotions and wishes regarding your activities
A group might make use of a roleplaying activity. One or two learners step into the role of a persona and are interviewed by a colleague. A fourth group member might document the key points that come up during the interview.
Another option is to draw the persona individually, and then present the different types of personas to each other. Discuss and collect the key features (e.g. on a flipchart, separating motivations, goals, and needs).
3. Personal touch
Draw a common persona then explain it in short sentences. Include an image, name, and quote that expresses the needs and goals of the persona.
If the task is conducted in a larger group, facilitators can add an additional step of identifying the most common aspects shared between the personas of the various groups groups in a plenary setting.
4. Explore feedback
Chat, talk, or write to people that share characteristics with your persona.
- What are their goals and needs?
- What are possible motivations for their being involved in or supporting your activity, or using your product?
- Which social characteristics in the persona did you not see before?
- What kind of new knowledge about local conditions needs to be included?
Alter the persona based on feedback.
Inspired by: http://www.opendesignkit.org/methods/personas