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A Guide to Methodology

4. In-depth interviews

4.1 Introduction to in-depth interviewing
4.2 Types of in-depth interview
4.3 Methodological approaches to in-depth interviews
4.4 Doing in-depth interviews

4.4.1 Constructing an interview guide
4.4.2 Setting up the interviews

4.4.2.1 Sequence
4.4.2.2 Locating respondents
4.4.2.3 Explaining the research
4.4.2.3.1 Hiding the purpose of the interview
4.4.2.4 Seeking permission
4.4.2.5 Interview setting

4.4.3 Interviewing
4.4.4 Recording interview data

4.5 Analysing in-depth interview data
4.6 Summary and conclusion

4.4 Doing in-depth interviews

4.4.2 Setting up the interviews

One of the hardest jobs an interviewer has when conducting in-depth interviews is arranging the interview. The researcher, or an administrator working on behalf of the researcher, has to:

1. Identify an appropriate respondent.
2. Persuade the targeted respondent to be involved in the interview.
3. Arrange a time and location for the interview.
4. Reassure the respondent about any concerns such as issues of confidentiality, anonymity, areas of questioning and publication.

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