IVIR’s research design begins by concurrently addressing two main investigative elements using a spiral process model. These research elements are: 1) the educational engineering and 2) the design framework for a comprehensive training system. This approach first focuses on the design requirements for an educational training platform that will accurately and precisely identify medical errors and adverse outcomes in terms of performance (cognitive, psychomotor, decision-making, situational awareness and communication). Education engineering will be used to establish front-end clear and concise instructional user-based education requirements and objectives that the training system must accomplish.
The objectives are defined using a task, condition, and standard process, and then decomposed into objective criteria for observation and measurement. IVIR’s spiral process approach includes investigation into items such as standardized curricula, protocols and communication. IVIR breaks the research into a series of process steps and then investigates which characteristics are stable across projects and feature groups of the product. Importantly, as the spiral process unfolds, metrics are developed, which give insights into the complex development environment. By this research approach, IVIR directly focuses on each of the objectives subsumed derived from the main hypotheses.
IVIR’s spiral process approach has the added advantage that it also focuses on the development of system engineering designs for a structural framework that can support the interoperability of multiple modeling and simulation technologies for training and assessing the appropriate established content. This is constructed by using innovative applications of current simulation strategies that concentrates on the technical efficacy of such a framework. To capture and track the study process, IVIR administratively manages the research using deliverables and milestones to facilitate risk mitigation in delivering the final products. Such deliverables are focused on information that is meaningful, useful, and appropriate to the project objectives.
For content validation, experiential review and verification of the identified and defined elements and/or base determinants are conducted by interviewing users, content experts, and established consensus among Subject Matter Experts (SME).