TIIM – Twente Intervention and Interaction Machine

Twente Intervention and Interaction Machine (TIIM) is a software created by The BMS Lab. Researchers, Teachers, and Students at the University of Twente can use the dashboard’s web application to create interventions, longitudinal studies or questionnaires. Subsequently, through the TIIM’s mobile application, the researcher/teacher/student can gather data and/or distribute information/content to participants about different topics. 

TIIM for Research and Education #

At the BMS Lab, TIIM has been used to conduct a wide variety of research. One example is the IsolatieCoach. This research used TIIM as an interactive and personalized eCoach in order to support people during their process of isolation and quarantine. Participants engaged in an interactive questionnaire where based on their answers, the app provided them with feedback. All organized under different modules.

For the full article see: https://bmslab.utwente.nl/isolatiecoach/


Another example is the research named Using motivational interviewing combined with digital shoe-fitting to improve adherence to wearing orthopedic shoes in people with diabetes at risk of foot ulceration: study protocol for a cluster-randomized controlled trial. In this research, TIIM was used to securely collect the participant’s biometric data through their wearables. The collected biometric data included the participant’s steps, heart rate, and sleep.

For the complete published research article click here

Best Practices #

To reduce potential issues and challenges, keep the following points in mind before using TIIM for your research:

Planning Your Research Design #

  1. 1. Think about what you would like to measure? When? What will it deliver afterwards? And how does TIIM fit within your research. This helps you realize what you need to build, when and how much time it will likely take.
  2. 2. Take practical aspects into account: is there an easier way to do it? Uncertain? Ask the BMS Lab.
  3. 3. Consider the limitations of the software to your study. Keep in mind that TIIM is in continuous development which means that bugs might be introduced as a result.

Developing Your Research #

  1. 1. Ensure that you have approximately 2 – 3 weeks to build your research. You might need to adapt your methodology based on TIIM’s functionalities (see “Further Support” section) or you might need time to get an answer from the BMS Lab.
  2. 2. Your introduction screen should adequately inform your participants and meet the BMS faculty’s ethical standard on informed consent.
  3. 3. Any time you make new additions, make sure to regularly test your research from the participant’s perspective.
  4. 4. Duplicate your research to have a clean back-up version.
  5. 5. Test your final version as a participant.
  6. 6. Download your data metrics to ensure that the data output fits with your research.
  7. 7. Found a bug or issue? Go to the troubleshooting section and fill in the form.
  8. 8. Read more best practices here.

Further Support #

YouTube Tutorials #

Quick TIIM tutorial videos are organized per topic on Youtube.

User Documentation #

In-depth information about TIIM’s functionalities is provided in the user documentation (last updated on 15-09-2022).


Want to use TIIM? #

Go first through the steps on how to reserve the software or go directly through our project registration to start the reservation process.


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