Research and Development

Vidaview Information Systems was started by Rob Chase MD to  develop the LSB as a practical tool and information system across a range of potential applications.

In the clinical context, this calls for  designing and conducting evidence-based evaluation of the system in real world conditions,  within and across LSB users groups, such as in private practice, schools, child development and social services agencies, and health centres.

“LSB methods development and adaptation to various clinical settings should be informed by clinician users.  Its  adoption as a tool in assessment and/or therapeutic approaches warrant clinical outcome evaluation by independent research collaborators. Optimal study design would  incorporate  appropriate clinical outcome measure (e.g.  the Youth Counselling Impact Scale (Reimer & Kearns, 2010) or the Outcome Rating Scale (Miller, Duncan, Brown, Sparks, & Claud, 2003) in  multi-site/ multi-user intervention study with case control pairs (e.g. matched for gender, age, reason for referral) with randomized assignment to study arm, or waiting list control”

*Quotation from Chase, Mignone and Medina, 2012



Emerging directions for LSB development in clinical practice

Questions we’re interested in:

  • How does the LSB affect the quality of engagement between the therapist / guide and the client / storyteller?
  • How does the Life Story Board work in different settings and applications?
  • Qualitative Research on the LSB’s conceptual framework: rapport; relationship building; literacy; cross-cultural applicability
  • Family Therapy:How  Life Story Board process works  with groups: family members,  couples? … when the process is informed by , and seen from various perspectives and vantage points of  the different participants, such as  consensus building around shared experiences, impact of events or situations on the various family members involved to  open lines of enquiry and understanding?
  • How can the LSB be adapted as tool for participatory research within communities sharing a common experience – such as residential school experience or problems of violence – as part of a reconciliation and healing intervention?
  • How can the LSB be adapted and integrated into complementary psychiatric, social work, and therapy approaches in palliative or post-trauma care, and emotional literacy for different age groups?



Digital LSB

A tablet ‘App’ that emulates the ‘table top’ LSB is in ‘alpha’ phase development and undergoing testing by LSB users.  This codifies the LSB system in a defined taxonomic structure, with  functionality to save / retrieve sessions, and many other features.  The first application to be explored is how the App tool may complement and combine with the ‘analogue’ version for use by  therapists /counsellors with clients. With the digital version comes the potential for extensible / swappable sets of icons and variables, and use of the LSB system in altogether  different applications (e.g. as a tool for household field surveys) with information from the interview sessions exported to a database system for social network analysis and conventional statistical methods.


Seeking Collaborators

Collaboration with LSB users in real-world applications is vital in these early stages to the growth and direction of development of the LSB system.  Evaluation in specific settings and clinical applications is important. Current research underway is a meta-study of  qualitative and mixed methods studies that  used Life Story Board as the interview tool,  List of projects using LSB August 2017

The Vidaview team is keen to meet and discuss opportunities of collaboration, with provision of  toolkits  and training supports towards this end. Research ethics guidelines may require: REB approval of  the study design and procedures (selection, informed consent, privacy protection); and research team(s)  led by investigators with no commercial interest.

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