This page contains more information on the method of Participatory Narrative Inquiry (PIN). Read more about how Immunowell will use PNI at Platform ImmunoWeb.


PNI falls into the class of Concurrent Mixed Method (CMM) approaches. This means that PNI gathers both qualitative and quantitative information at the same time. This also means that the qualitative and quantitative information are related, as the data are (mostly) collected from and by the same person and as close as possible to the point of origin. So the P in PNI truly stands for Participatory: people share stories (insights, observations, recounting of events, etc) and answer questions about them at the same time, while sharing their story. Some of them also participate in the data collection and interpretation work.


The N in PNI stands for narrative (story). Stories are not data or information in the sense that we are used to. Stories are packages of meaning of which only the story-sharer knows the exact meaning. Narratives are unique in the sense that they contain small nuggets of meaning the story-sharer consciously or even unconsciously puts into the story. It is this meaning that we catch when asking questions about the story. In these moments we ask the story-sharer to add meaningful data to the story, while telling his story.


This leads us to the I of PNI which stands for Inquiry. Most research is either based on hypothesis testing or is explorative in nature. PNI enables an evaluative mode of inquiry, it’s a Qualitative Quantitative Evaluative (QQE) method. This means that with PNI one cannot prove anything, but it is particularly strong at finding novelty and indications for further research.

Possible insights from collecting and evaluating many stories

Possible insights from collecting and evaluating many stories



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