Research Overview

MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) partners with researchers on grants and projects that involve digital technologies and systems, providing expertise to ensure that technology complies with legal accessibility requirements and to ensure that interventions don't fail due to usability oversights.

  • Grant products (and other technologies developed at MSU) are generally required to meet specific ADA requirements for individuals with disabilities. MSU UARC performs accessibility compliance evaluations to ensure that websites, documents, software, and digital technologies meet these requirements, and also advises during planning and development, to avoid costly remediation and redesigns.
  • Interventions involving technology can fail to have an effect or have a reduced effect due to interfaces or designs that users have difficulty with. MSU UARC conducts focus groups, usability evaluations, and expert user interface reviews to make sure that technological interventions and services work for your intended users. Small, inexpensive user experience evaluations can make the difference between the success or failure of a multi-million dollar project.

We also disseminate critical usability and accessibility information through publications, educational programming, workshops, and symposia.

Ways to Collaborate

  • MSU UARC staff can serve as principal investigators (PIs), subcontractors, or consultants
  • UARC can assist in the development of grant proposals or be brought in after a grant has been received

Common Research Services

  • Research projects involving websites, mobile apps, and software
  • Usability studies, focus groups, and surveys to evaluate user needs
  • Generate design requirements and determine the effectiveness of a website or application
  • Evaluate compliance with grant requirements regarding the accessibility of websites, applications, documents, and other project deliverables
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Opportunities for Students

UARC supports graduate and undergraduate education by employing students who gain real-world experience in planning and performing user experience studies and accessibility compliance evaluations.

Recent Research Areas