PIL is a public benefit nonprofit that works in partnership with the
University of Washington's Information School to conduct ongoing research
about how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research tasks in
the digital age.
PIL Passage Studies
In August 2012, we began a new research initiative, "The PIL Passage Studies," which are a series of studies investigating the critical information transitions early adults go through in their lives.
In October 2012, PIL published a research report from an exploratory study that investigated how college graduates solve information problems once they leave campus and join the workplace (38 pages, 5.8 MB). For the first six months in 2012, the PIL Team conducted 23 telephone interviews with employers across the U.S. and held five focus groups with a total of 33 recent graduates from four colleges and universities.
In the Works
We are conducting a study that asks, how do first-time college students make the critical transition from high school to college as information seekers, users, and creators? The study is being conducted in affiliation with the University of Washington's iSchool with support from Cengage
Learning and Imagine Easy.