NEXT allows you to build a chain of evidence through smart data connections in three ways:
Embed a highlight into a note to connect the notes together
Embed a note directly into another note to connect them
Use the relation property to create links between notes
To embed a note or highlight into a note via the /command menu:
Open a note
Type "/" anywhere
In the /command menu under "NEXT" click "Note" or "Highlight"
In the pop-up, search the note or highlight you want to embed
Click it to embed it in the note
Click the embed to open the note or highlight
To add a highlight to an existing note via the highlights page:
Open the highlights page in the right-hand panel
Select 1+ highlights
Click "Add to note"
Search and click on the note to embed it
To relate one note to another note (in the same or another board):
Open a note
Make sure you have a relation property set up
Click the entry field for the relation property
Type the name of the note you want to connect
Click on it to relate the notes
You can click and open the related note in the property input field
Example use cases
If you're testing a prototype with users, you will likely have multiple hypotheses you want to test. In this scenario, you could have a "Prototypes", "Hypotheses" and "User tests" board. You can use the relation property to connect a prototype to its related hypotheses, to related user tests.
If you discovered user pains and needs, create a "User Pains & Needs" board. Add a note for each user pain or need and enrich them with evidence in the form of highlights from user research.
For more use cases and inspiration, take a look at NEXT Guides.