does anyone have any general experiences to share about doing research
in another country in a language no one on your team speaks?
More specifically, has anyone used any research agencies in France?
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Another place you could try asking this question is with the France /
Luxembourg UPA people. They are pretty active and might be able to
offer you some guidance.
Their contact page (all in French... ) is at:
It includes an email address, as well as a contact form.
You could just try winging them an email in English, and see what
happens. If you have no luck, give me a shout, and I could email them
in French, on your behalf. I'm on their mailing list, but otherwise,
they've never heard of me, mind you! :).
You can go to www.UXAlliance.com.
They are a consortium of companies and their French representative is Axance (www.axance.com)
Good luck !
I did some user testing in Paris and it was a mixed experience. Many
of the subjects spoke English well and it was not a problem. For the
ones who didn't we used a translator and had some issues with the
translator biasing the tests. The ideal thing would be to find a
facilitator who could also be the translator, if needed.
I've done quite a few research / design projects which have involved
users in different countries / languages.
In a recent project I worked on for Vodafone, we used Axance (an
agency based in Paris) to do user experience research in French, and
to collate the results across several different testing languages. I
would definitely recommend them.
Contact cosenza at axance.fr if you wish to talk to them directly.
I recommend you a very complete book: %u201Cthe Handbook of Global
User Research%u201D edited by Bob Schumacher (Morgan Kaufmann
Publishers) providing you with actionable practices for any
This being said I would be more than happy to do you an introduction
on how to apprehend the French market. I'm working for Axance,
member of the UXAlliance mentioned by Chrystel. We have a long
experience of working with foreign companies and run international
researches in local languages.
Have you considered remote user testing? At Userzoom, we make it
easy to test globally by offering translation services. If you are
interested in learning more, please visit our website at
http://www.userzoom.com or feel free to ping me directly.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Frederich Fuchs at Design for Lucy.
They are based in Paris and are very talented. I have worked with
Frederich on quite a few projects and he is thorough and flexible.
look for them here: http://www.designforlucy.com/
Well worth chatting to.
I was going to suggest UserZoom.com, too, as a possibility. Another
company with internationalizable online testing is Keynote Systems
perhaps you don't want to engage in two learning experiences at the
same time, eh? Good luck.