Interviewing Skills as part of Mixed Methods

Interviewing Skills as part of Mixed Methods
Interviewing Skills as part of Mixed Methods

Principal speaker

Dr Judy Rose

This workshop provides a set of practical skills, most relevant to conducting semi-structured interviews, while also applicable to other kinds of interviews, and as part of a mixed methods study. We begin by reviewing how interviewing can be optimised as a methodological tool to gain rich detail in experiences, opinions, knowledge or behaviour. We then demonstrate via three vignettes how to: 1. Establish rapport and trust (via verbal cues and body language) with a participant at the beginning of an interview, 2. Use prompting techniques such as "tell me more about that', and how to employ active listening, and a mindful and engaged presence, to encourage rich and relevant responses, and 3. Manage instances of interactive trouble that may occur at the outset of an interview (e.g. trying to establish common ground) and as the interview progresses (e.g. confronting outbursts/disclosures or detecting inauthentic information). Finally, we prepare you to apply these interviewing skills to your own semi-structured interview, and provide an indication of how a mixed methods analysis of interviews could be considered.

Format: This workshop will be delivered online during 2.5-hour period, via Collaborate. The last half hour will be a Question-and-Answer session.

Pre-requisites. While this workshop caters to all levels of experience, we will assume that you have established your own research question, conceptual framework and have a strategy in place for recruitment of interviewees. We recommend that participants attend "Formulating Open-ended Interview Questions as part of Mixed Methods' workshop beforehand, although it is not a mandatory requirement.

Relationship to other RED workshops and seminars. This workshop is a companion to workshops on "Interviewing to Quantify Expert Knowledge with Uncertainty'. It also would be helpful background and context to attend the six Mixed Methods foundations workshops (MM1- MM6). In addition, other workshops consider specific kinds of mixed methods: "Deductive and Inductive Thematic Analysis within a Mixed Method Framework', "Mixing Clustering in with Thematic Analysis of Interviews', "Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Interview Data in QUAL-dominant MM', and "Integrating Hermeneutic Phenomenology in QUAL-Dominant MM'.

Recommended Reading, before attending Jacob, S. A., & Furgerson, S. P. (2012). Writing interview protocols and conducting interviews: tips for students new to the field of qualitative research. Qualitative Report, 17, 6, 1-10. Please read pp. 7-10.

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