En-gager is based on thorough academic research. The researchers built a new measurement instrument as a means to track people over a longer period of time while measuring often (a practice known as ‘experience sampling’ in the social sciences). Using this new instrument, they found that the patterns of our commitments to projects and organizations over time can be compared to a hike through a rugged landscape: many hills (high points) and valleys (low points), sharp turning points, and occasional stability. To make sense of all this data they used a scenario-based approach. These scenarios help us recognize where we are and make predictions for the future. For example, in an article recently published in Organization Science (article) they found that there are 5 scenarios:
- Honeymoon-Hangover (initial high commitment, then decline)
- Learning to Love (slow start, but then consistent growth of commitment),
- Perfect match
- Moderate Match
And three relatively stable patterns:
En-gager app is a much extended and more professionally developed version of the original instrument. In 2013 the En-gager initiative was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in the form of a VENI–grant (awarded to dr. Omar Solinger). The purpose of a VENI grant is to stimulate innovative research by talented creative researchers who belong to the top 10% of their peers in the Netherlands.