I see research as a creative endeavor, and post-study reflection/brainstorming allows me to practice assessing a study holistically and continuously improve as a researcher. Here is what my typical thought experiment is like:
Did I design and carry out the research the best I could given the research goal (to understand club member need for weekly tea meeting) and constraints (user access, time, budget, resource, etc.)?
What would I do differently if one or more of the constraints were to be different?
(1) There were more constraints on time, lab resources, budget, AND/OR (2) I was equipped with the knowledge and user research skills I have now, I would employ more explicit user studies to understand club member’s behavior and motivation of coming to the tea club. The weekly tea meeting and the club’s marketing email might be a good place to recruit users.
I would use survey to gauge the overall experience (net promoter score), how they would rate different aspects of the tea drinking experience (likert scale on taste of tea, social satisfaction, mood changes, etc.).
I would conduct contextual observation and interviews to deeply understand how the current environment of the tea club experience makes users feel (peaceful, happy, socially connected, etc.), why they feel that way (personable outreach email, mini tea-knowledge workshop, genuine conversations), what part of the experience matters most to them (the beverage, conversations, cultural exposure, etc.), and so on.
This qualitative data would help us understand the subjective experience of club members, and provide the most authentic data cross-validated by what users SAY and what they DO.