Spring 2016 Methodology Workshop 8: Introduction to Semi-structured and Unstructured Interview Methods

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Instructor: Eric Griffith

Description: Interviews can be used by social scientists to collect in-depth and nuanced qualitative data. The personalized nature of interviews can help researchers discover details that might otherwise be missed by more generalized or standardized research methods, such as surveys. The goal of this workshop is for participants to be able to recognize when to use semi-structured or unstructured interviews, and then be able to generate an efficient and effective line of questioning.

Please note that this is an introductory workshop and assumes little or no experience with social science interviewing. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session participants will be able to

  • Choose the most appropriate interview technique for a project
  • Develop effective open-ended and non-leading questions
  • Outline strategies for follow-up questions
  • Integrate interview media devices (e.g., pen and paper, tape recorder) in a non-intrusive manner
  • Elicit useful answers from interview participants

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