New Toolkit: Using Phone Interviews (by Annie Irvine, University of York)

New toolkit that may be of interest to you:

Using Phone Interviews – Annie Irvine, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York

This toolkit explores the use of telephone interviews in qualitative research. It discusses the practical and methodological advantages of the approach, including minimal travel time and cost and increased anonymity for participants.

The two main methodological objections to telephone interviews are traditionally: the difficulty of achieving rapport with participants; and the lack of non-verbal communication. The toolkit discusses whether these concerns are well-founded, and suggests that their significance may have been exaggerated.

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