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1 Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews

2 Semi-Structured Interviews Form of interview in which the interviewer asks questions from a pre-decided list of questions. pre-decided list of questions Although the researcher may obtain other info, the key goal is to obtain responses to the interview guide (original questions).key goal is to obtain responses to the interview guide Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews

3 Semi-Structured InterviewsInterviews Strengths Standardization of procedure. Easy to train researchers to carry it out. Fast and can be done to many participants. Fast and can be done to many participants. Allows for elaboration. Less bias by the researcher. Limitations Rather artificial conversation. Rather artificial conversation. Data analysis is time consuming. Questions, if not piloted, could be hard to understand or could lead the participant to answer in a specific way. Questions, if not piloted, could be hard to understand or could lead the participant to answer in a specific way. Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews

4 Focus Group Group Interview Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews

5 Focus Group Strengths Convenient way to gather info. A natural setting for conversations Individuals may spark ideas from other participants, resulting in a richer response. Limitations Conformity effects may influence results (Asch). Cultural or gender norms may influence how a group behaves. Not appropriate for sensitive questions. Not appropriate for sensitive questions. Confidentiality of responses is difficult to guarantee. Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews

6 Narrative Interviews I'm collecting life histories for a training project that I'm doing and please could you tell me yours? Take your time. We've got as much time as you need for this and start wherever you like. I'll listen first, I won't interrupt and I may take a couple of notes that I'll ask you questions about later, um, please take the time that you need and as I said I won't interrupt you. So can you tell me your life history, the events and experiences that have been important to you up till now. Used to obtain the stories people employ to interpret their lives and the world around them. Used to obtain the stories people employ to interpret their lives and the world around them. It is the way people organize and make connections between events that are of interest to the interviewer. Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews

7 Narrative Interviews Strengths A very holistic approach for an individual…leads to in depth data. A very naturalistic and supportive way to share information. A very naturalistic and supportive way to share information. Limitations ENOURMOUS amounts of data that may be difficult to analyze. ENOURMOUS amounts of data that may be difficult to analyze. Since most narrative interviews ask participants to share past experiences, it is susceptible to reconstructive memory. Since most narrative interviews ask participants to share past experiences, it is susceptible to reconstructive memory. Evaluate semi-structured, focus group and narrative interviews


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